Literary Salon: The Writing Road-Writers and Editors Discuss Travel and Travel Writing 🗓

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: The Writing Road-Writers and Editors Discuss Travel and Travel Writing

Sunday, September 3rd, 2017 || 7pm
Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera ||

Join us for the LCW September Salon on Sunday, September 3rd at 7pm,at Book Passage in Corte Madera, rather than Monday, the 4th (Labor Day). As we gear up for the fall season, a great time to hit the road, the focus will be travel and travel writing. We’ll have a panel of expert writers and editors on hand to talk about journeys and the many ways to document them.
It’ll be more of a Labor Day Weekend Celebratory Gathering, so wine will be served, and we are opening the salon up to our members’ and speakers’ guests. Just let us know who you are inviting, so that we can add them to the guest list.

Travel Panel: 

Susan Alcorn

Susan Alcorn, travel writer and long-distance trekker, has walked more than 3,000 miles in Spain, France, Portugal, and Switzerland, on Camino de Santiago pilgrimage routes. From her first walk across Spain, came her book,Camino Chronicle: Walking to Santiago, which was named finalist for the prestigious 2007 Ben Franklin award for Best Travel Essay. Susan Alcorn has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro; journeyed to Torres del Paine, Chile, to hike its famous circuit route (from which came Patagonia Chronicle); and completed the Pacific Crest Trail.  Although she is not averse to traveling by car, boat, train, plane, bus, and rail, she believes that on foot is often the best way to get acquainted intimately with the people, culture, and land through which she travels. Her upcoming book, Caminos Norte and Primitivo: Paths and Interludes, will be released this fall. 

Erin Byrne

Erin Byrne is the author of Wings: Gifts of Art, Life, and Travel in France, editor of Vignettes & Postcards from Paris and Vignettes & Postcards from Morocco, and writer of The Storykeeper film.  Her work has won awards which include three Grand Prize Solas Awards for Travel Story of the Year, the Reader’s Favorite Award, Foreword Indies Book of the Year, and an Accolade Award for film. She has taught writing at Shakespeare and Company Bookstore in Paris and on Deep Travel trips, and is host of the LitWings event series at Book Passage, Sausalito, which features writers, photographers, and filmmakers.

Lou Ann Granger

Lou Ann Granger is the author of With Love for the Journey: Life Lessons from the Artist’s Travel Journals, an evocative illustrated travel memoir of her quest for time, memory, and meaning along the road. She describes herself as an “ordinary” physicist-artist-traveler who finally found her way to the world of mixed media art journaling after early retirement from a career in sonar engineering. She has led navy sea trials in the Mediterranean, Tasman, and Timor Seas, and traveled to over 40 countries.

Lou Ann spreads her visual journals, book collection, and overflowing art supplies throughout her house in Southern California, where she lives with her physicist husband James. In between her ongoing writing, art journaling, technical consulting, and e-commerce activities, she ponders why she hasn’t been to East Africa yet.
Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Poet, travel writer, novelist, Left Coast Writers® founder and Panel Moderator, Linda Watanabe McFerrin (, 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 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 and the award-winning and ever-growing “Wandering in …” series. Her zombie novel, Dead Love (Stone Bridge Press, 2009), which was set in Japan, 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, she has led workshops in Greece, France, Italy, Ireland, England, Japan, Central America, Indonesia and the United States and has mentored a long list of accomplished writers and best-selling authors toward publication.

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