Literary Salon: Authors & Publishers with Linda Watanabe McFerrin and Joanna Biggar
Monday, November 4, 2019 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com
We hope all of you will be able to join us on Monday, November 4th, for a book talk about the author-editor-publisher-reader relationship: how to find it, how to develop it, how to enjoy it.
It isn’t easy finding the right editor, the perfect publisher, or the reader who will appreciate your message. Please come and weigh in on this well-researched look at how it works and a frank discussion of the best and worst of the process.
Longtime authors and contributors to literary and commercial publications as well as colleagues and co-editor/publishers of the Wanderland Writers anthologies Linda Watanabe McFerrin and Joanna Biggar have floated down the Canal du Midi in France, danced in the sunlight of southern Greece, toasted the best of times in Ireland, devoured the culture and countryside of southern Italy, wandered through landscapes lost and found in Costa Rica, and explored Bali, the Indonesian island that is known as an earthly Paradise. This fall they both have books out from Alan Squire Publishing, a much respected literary publisher in Washington, DC.
Not only will they share their work, they’ll be talking about the ups and downs, the ins and the outs and answering questions about the many ways to establish and grow literary relationships and navigate the sometimes daunting path to publication.
Joanna Biggar has traveled solo in the most remote areas of China, chaired a school board in Ghana, worked as a journalist in Washington, D.C., and taught school kids in Oakland, California. She is a member of the Society of Woman Geographers, mother of five, grandmother of eight, all of whom love books! Joanna’s first novel, That Paris Year, is written in English but captures that French novel feel in a truly classic style. If you’ve been to Paris, she will welcome you back, if you haven’t, you may just want to pack your bags! That Paris Year is a truly splendid read! Now, in Autumn of 2019, she follows Melanie, the heroine of That Paris Year, to California in her long-awaited sequel, Melanie’s Song.
Linda Watanabe McFerrin is a poet, travel writer, novelist and contributor to numerous newspapers, magazines and anthologies.She is the author of two poetry collections 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 twelve anthologies. Her latest novel, Dead Love (Stone Bridge Press, 2009), was a Bram Stoker Award Finalist for Superior Achievement in a Novel.
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 and the founder of Left Coast Writers, she has led workshops in Greece, France, Italy, England, Ireland, Central America, Indonesia, Spain and the United States and has mentored a long list of accomplished writers and best-selling authors toward publication.