LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Douglas Cruickshank, photographer and author of Somehow: Living on Uganda Time
Monday, December 2nd, 2013 || 7pm
Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera ||
This month’s salon speaker is Douglas Cruickshank, journalist, travel writer, essayist and author of numerous opinion pieces for magazines, newspapers and websites. Doug has worked in radio, television and film-making. He’s been a photographer for more than four decades, a columnist, and an editor for Salon.com. He was also the co-founder and editor of The Fessenden Review, the noisiest book review in the known world. Later, he was features editor for The Readerville Journal and editor of Edutopia.com, the website of the George Lucas Educational Foundation. In 1965, his sheep, Lambchop, was awarded the Grand Champion ribbon at the Alameda County Fair.
What we love about Doug is his devotion to excellence, his interest in community, and his sense of humor. He’ll be sharing his experience in online publication and new publication models, including crowd funding, as well as the work he has done in Africa. His newest book-length work, Somehow: Living on Uganda Time, contains dozens of essays and powerful photographs. The writing ranges from the poignant and purely observational to sometimes jocular discussions of daily life in Uganda, as well as accounts about sojourns to Zanzibar and South Africa. The people—both Africans and expats—the extraordinary animals, and the complex culture are recurring subjects that contribute to the allure of his unusual and engaging book. It a work that opens up a world of possibilities and promise.