Barbara Falconer Newhall’s book Wrestling With God has recently won several accolades. If you haven’t already, check out her now award-winning book! A first prize gold IPPY in the Religion Eastern-Western category from the Independent Publishers Book Awards. Also a finalist place in three other contests: Foreword Review’s INDIEFAB contest, the American Book Awards, and the Eric Hoffer Book Awards. “Wrestling with God” also received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-939221-25-4 Congrats, Barbara!
Congratulations to the writers, editors, designer, and printer of Wandering in Paris for doing a beautiful job! The anthology has won another award; this time at the 2014 Paris Book Festival. Wandering in Paris: Luminaries and Love in the City of Light, edited by Bay Area poet, novelist and travel writer, Linda Watanabe McFerrin (www.lwmcferrin.com) and Bay Area author and journalist, Joanna Biggar (www.joannabiggar.org), won an honorable mention in the anthologies and collections category. The anthology includes a foreword by noted Paris-based author and travel writer David Downie and the work of talented Bay Area writers. It is the third in a series from the Wanderland Writers workshops (www.wanderlandwriters.com), which have also produced collections of essays on Costa Rica and Bali. Writers in this anthology include: Unity Barry, Daphne Beyers, Sandra Bracken, Mary Brent Cantarutti, Antoinette Constable, Kitty Hughes, Laurie McAndish King, Ethel Mussen, Catherine Pyke, Cindy Rasicot, and Anne Sigmon. Cover and interior page design were done by Jim Shubin, the Book Alchemist, production by Proforma Mactec Solutions. Phil Cousineau, author of The Art of Pilgrimage and The Book of Roads, has this to say about the anthology:
2013 LONDON BOOK FESTIVAL AWARDS Bay Area Travel Writers Land International Anthology Prize In This Competition “Honoring the Best in International Publishing” The winners, runner-ups and honorable mentions for the 2013 London Book Festival have been announced. Wandering in Paris: Luminaries and Love in the City of Light, edited by Bay Area poet, novelist and travel writer, Linda Watanabe McFerrin (www.lwmcferrin.com) and Bay Area author and journalist, Joanna Biggar (www.joannabiggar.org), took top honors in the anthologies and collections category. The collection, which includes a foreword by noted Paris-based author and travel writer, David Downie and the work of talented known Bay Area writers, is the third in a series from the Wanderland Writers workshops (www.wanderlandwriters.com), which have produced collections of essays on Costa Rica and Bali. Writers in this anthology include: Unity Barry, Daphne Beyers, Sandra Bracken, Mary Brent Cantarutti, Antoinette Constable, Kitty Hughes, Laurie McAndish King, Ethel Mussen, Catherine Pyke, Cindy Rasicot, and Anne Sigmon. Phil Cousineau, author of The Art of Pilgrimage and The Book of Roads, has this to say about the anthology:
Left Coast Writer® Barbara Falconer Newhall has recently written a wonderful article about Gary Kamiya and his talk at the October Left Coast Writers® salon. You can find this story, along with many other great stories, articles and blog posts at Barbara’s website, http://barbarafalconernewhall.com. Due to a common writing misstep, Gary Kamiya, a highly experienced writer and editor, found himself with only six months to write a 385-page book. The San Francisco author and co-founder of Salon.com described his predicament earlier this month to a roomful of authors and author wannabes gathered in the writers room at the back of Book Passage, Marin county’s powerhouse independent bookstore. It was the first day of Kamiya’s brand new job as executive editor of San Francisco magazine, but he had taken time out to cross the Golden Gate Bridge to read from his new book and to share writing tips with members of the Left Coast Writers salon. The book was Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco, which is selling very nicely in the San Francisco Bay Area, thank you, and has received a New York Times review that promises to make his
There are already great reviews coming in for Gillian Bagwell’s newest book, Venus in Winter. Gillian, as you will surely remember, is our July LCW Salon Presenter. She’ll also be using her background in theater to share tips on literary presentation and reading skills. This most recent praise comes from RT Book Reviews, which gave it 4 stars! “Bagwell’s third novel is an engrossing look at a powerful woman in English history. Spanning age 12 through 40, the story moves at a nice pace through the life of four-time widow Bess of Hardwick. With the book’s rich descriptions, readers will feel as if they are right there among the pomp and circumstance of 1500s England, as Bess finds herself thrust into the glamorous, yet treacherous, court life of King Henry VIII. As Bess navigates her rise through society and secures her place in history, Venus in Winter becomes a worthy epic novel.” —RT book Reviews We are looking forward to this riveting new historical fiction novel from Gillian and so should you! Please share this post, and if you are not already a member of Left Coast Writers sign up today right here!
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!
We want to congratulate Left Coast Writer Jeff Kingman. His short story, “Marriage,” will be published in the Skuylkill Valley Journal on May 2 (in print and online at http://www.svjlit.com) and his novel, Moto Girl, reached the semifinalist level in the 2009 Dana Awards.
Left Coast Writer® Jeff Kingman is a finalist for Cutthroat Magazine‘s 2009 Rick DeMarinis Short Story Award. First prize in each genre is $1250 and publication in Cutthroat. Second prize in each genre is $250 and publication in Cutthroat. All finalists are acknowledged in CUTTHROAT and considered for publication. Winners are announced in Poets and Writers, Winning Writers and the AWP Chronicle.
In 2009 The London Book Festival gave awards for outstanding books in 20 different categories. From the 20 categories a Grand Prize winner was chosen. It was Stan Goldberg’s Lessons for the Living: Stories of Forgiveness, Gratitude,and Courage at the End of Life. The
Wendy Tokunaga, wowed us at our LCW Literary Salon with her powerful and witty story of beating the odds and realizing her dream with the publication of Midori by Moonlight (St. Martin’s Griffin, September, 2007). Now, she’s hit Japan with a great interview and review in “The Japan Times,” “Midori by Moonlight” sure to raise a smile. Click here to read the article…and congratulations, Wendy!