Anne Sigmon’s story “Moorstones” will be Editors’ Choice on Travelers’ Tales

Anne Sigmon
Anne Sigmon

Anne Sigmon’s story, “Moorstones,” will appear as the Editors’ Choice Monday, December 12th, on and will be the feature story on The story was first published in the Wanderland Writers anthology, Wandering in Cornwall: Mystery, Mirth and Transformation in the Land of Ancient Celts. In addition, Anne has stories in the upcoming anthology Wandering in Andalusia: The Soul of Southern Spain, to be published November 1st, 2016.wandering-in-cornwallwanderinginandalusiacover_s

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James A. Jacobs Author Talk at San Geronimo Valley Community Center

daysofdeadcoverwebJames A. Jacobs will be giving an Author Talk Sunday, Oct. 30 at 4 p.m. at San Geronimo Valley Community Center regarding his recent historical thriller Days of the Dead. Set in Mexico 1968, the year of the Olympics but also the first and worst government massacre of activist students and their supporters — men, women and children: The Tlatelolco Massacre. Focus will be on elements of memoir (James worked for U.P.I. during that time and witnessed many of the events portrayed in the novel) and themes of ecumenism and diversity, especially as it relates to the main character, Daniel Mendoza, a 28-year-old American journalist who tries, unsuccessfully, to intervene between government forces and activist students intent on shutting down the Olympics as well as reforming government.

While the historical backdrop is the Tlatelolco Massacre, the novel also focuses on Daniel Mendoza’s search for his wife, 8-year-old daughter, and activist nursing student friend who were disappeared after the massacre. A (more…)

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Dick Jordan Stars in “The White Bag”!

Dick Jordan
Dick Jordan

After joining other travel writers on Saturday, October 8th, to read travel stories at Rebound Bookstore during the Litquake San Rafael event (, LCW member Dick Jordan will head to Benicia to see his short spy spoof film, “The White Bag” (Trailer:, screen at 2 p.m. at the North Bay Art and Film Festival. “”The White Bag” came out of a class project at the Community Media Center of Marin ( and aired last year on MarinTV. Dick plays himself as the “Ace of Spies” tasked with (more…)

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Upcoming Events for John Hewitt’s new book, Reptile Vines

Here are some upcoming events for John Hewitt’s new book Reptile Vines:


reptile-winesOctober 1, 2016 – Sat – 12–2:00pm – Napa Book Mine – Oxbow Market, 610 First Street, Napa, CA

October 8, 2016 – Sat – 10:00am–7:00pm – LitQuake 4th Street – San Rafael, CA

October 12, 2016 – Wed – 11:00am–1:00pm – Copperfield’s Books, 850 4th Street – San Rafael, CA

October 22, 2016 – Sat – 12-1:00pm – Depot Bookstore, 87 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, CA

October 29, 2016 – Sat – 1-2:30pm – Cooperfield’s Books, 3740 Bel Aire Plaza, Napa, CA

November 6, 2016 – Sat – 12-2:00pm – Cooperfield’s Books, 138 North Main, Sebastopol, CA

February 13, 2017 – Mon – 6-7:30pm –Book Passage Bookstore – SF Ferry Building, CA


John Hewitt’s newest novel Reptile Wines opens with a zinger—the race-is-on (more…)

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Fall News from Rita Gardner

October 8th is Indie Author Day! Rita will be participating from 1:00—5:00pm at the Berkeley Public Library  (2090 Kittridge) along with other local authors and publishers. Indie Author Day is celebrated across North America in recognition of indie writers and presses. For more information, you can visit this link:

October 15th is LitCrawl, the festive finale of events for Litquake 2016. Rita will be joining seven other authors from She Writes Press (SWP) as they read from their books during the Phase I slot. You’ll find them from 6:00—7:00pm at (more…)

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From the Press Room: Barbara Falconer Newhall

Wrestling with God CoverBarbara 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.
Congrats, Barbara!
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Wandering in Cornwall reading at A Great Good Place for Books

Reading with Wanderland Writers at A Great Good Place for Books, Authors of Wandering in Cornwall: Mystery, Mirth, and Transformation in the Land of the Ancient Celts

Wandering in Cornwall CoverWednesday, January 20th, 2016 || 7pm
A Great Good Place for Books|| 6120 LaSalle Avenue Oakland, CA 94611 ||

It’s another Wanderland Writers celebration. Wine, snacks, readings, and a brand new book in the Wandering series.

This time Wanderland Writers venture deep into Cornwall, exploring its castles, its contrast. They find, of course, its legacy of Camelot, the lingering shadows of Arthurian legend, tragic love, magic, and Merlin. They also find its sorrows, buried deep in its history like the now closed mines, where the windswept moors and jagged coasts made everyday events of shipwrecks, isolation, and cave-ins. Yet, as workshop leaders Joanna Biggar and Linda Watanabe McFerrin and their fellow travelers discover, that is not the whole story. They also encounter the wonderful and hospitable Cornish, with their enchanting accents, their delightful yarns, their humor, their endurance. They wander, bicycle, hike and kayak to explore hills, waterways, villages and moors in search of the spirit of artists and writers who have come before them to leave an imprint on this untamed land.

“Wandering in Cornwall is a beguiling collection of stories and poems about the extreme west of England. Everything that makes Cornwall so special is here: pasties, clotted cream artists, smugglers, the South West Coast Path and even the thieving seagulls. Readers who know Cornwall will be inspired to return and newcomers to this land of myth and legend will vow to see it for themselves.”
—Hilary Bradt MBE, Co-founder of Bradt Travel Guides

“Careful, reader. This book is a delight, no doubt about it. But now I have to go to Cornwall.”
—Tim Cahill, Author of Jaguars Ripped My Flesh and Hold the Enlightenment (more…)

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May 31st: Marianne Betterly and Other Widow’s Handbook Contributors Read in SF

Widows' HandbookSunday, May 31st, 2015 || 9:30-10:45am
First Unitarian Universalist Society || San Francisco
1187 Franklin Street at Geary, San Francisco ||

Marianne Betterly and other contributors to the Widows’ Handbook: Reflections on Grief and Survival will be reading and speaking on May 31st from 9:30-10:45 a.m. at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco.

The Widows’ Handbook is the first anthology of poems by contemporary widows, many of whom have written their way out of solitude and despair, distilling their strongest feelings into poetry or memoir. This stirring collection celebrates the strategies widows learn and the resources they muster to deal with people, living space, possessions, social life, and especially themselves, once shock has turned to the realization that nothing will ever be the same. As Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says in her foreword, losing one s partner is a loss (more…)

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Gary Kamiya — A Fun Guy Sings a Love Song to San Francisco by Barbara Falconer Newhall

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,

Gary Kamiya

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 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 (more…)

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Event for California Society of Printmakers book, edited by Maryly Snow

Left Coast Writer® Maryly Snow has a great event coming up for California Society of Printmakers: 100 Years, 1913–2013, of which she recently was the editor.

The San Francisco Center for the Book will host, 100 Years in Print: California Society of Printmakers Centennial Celebration.  Attendees will have the opportunity to print their own 6-color print commemorating the event. The Center’s exhibition space will display CSP members’ artwork representing etching, woodcut, lithography, mezzotint, silkscreen, and hybrid prints. Thursday, November 7, 6:30-8:30 pm, 375 Rhode Island Street, San Francisco.

The book, California Society of Printmakers: 100 Years, 1913–2013, will be available for purchase at the Oct. 21st Book Club of California event and at the Nov. 7th San Francisco Center for the Book. Essays in the book are by Karin Breuer, Curator in Charge of the Achenbach Foundation for the Graphic Arts, on the relationship between the Achenbach and CSP; Daniel Lienau, owner of The Annex Galleries in Santa Rosa on dealing with early 20th c. fine art prints; Art Hazelwood, artist and curator, on the period of the WPA to the present.

In “Digging The Archives: The Documented Origins of CSP’s Origins,” Maryly Snow, artist and librarian emeritus, the University (more…)

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