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 (https://litquakesanrafael2016.sched.org/event/7oyK/characters-i-have-met-on-the-road), LCW member Dick Jordan will head to Benicia to see his short spy spoof film, “The White Bag” (Trailer:https://vimeo.com/131799226), 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 (cmcm.tv) 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:https://www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org/events/indie-author-day-central.

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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Left Coast Writers at Litquake San Rafael 2016 🗓

Litquake badgeSaturday October 8, 2016 1:45pm – 2:45pm
In Her Shoes 1344 4th Street
San Rafael, CA 94901

SF/Bay Area Lit lovers: Left Coast Writers will  be part of the LITCRAWL in San Rafael on Saturday, at In Her Shoes on 4th Street. Please join LCW founder Linda Watanabe McFerrin, as moderator, and a great group of Left Coast Writers for Writing on the Edge. Tell your friends and come early!

Readings from the best of Left Coast Writers: Writing on the Edge with Todd Crawshaw, Laurie McAndish King, Linda Watanabe McFerrin, MJ Pramik, and Jonathan Taylor.

San Francisco’s literary legacy has always held a strong North Bay connection, dating back to the Beats, Jack London, and Mark Twain.  Litquake San Rafael returns to the downtown 4th Street corridor of cafés, restaurants, and shops, featuring Bay Area writers in this day-long series of free readings and open-mic events. FREE

Click here for the complete schedule.

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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.  http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-939221-25-4
Congrats, Barbara!
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Workshop: Writing Sexy Stuff with Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Saturday, February 13th, 2016 || 10am-4pm
Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera ||
www.bookpassage.com

Treat yourself or a loved one to something extra-special for Valentine’s Day.If you have trouble steaming up the page, this is the workshop for you. Spend a day with poet, travel writer and novelist Linda Watanabe McFerrin loosening up and learning the techniques for adding spicy, sensual, and sometimes hilarious sizzle to your work. The class is full of quick free-writes and entertaining exercises that will have you moving from comfort zones to erogenous zones in no time. Linda’s workshops have ushered may a writer into the award circle and bestseller spotlight. She’s the founder of Left Coast Writers® and co-editor of the Hot Flashes: Sexy Little Stories and Poems series. The workshop fee includes, champagne, chocolate, and copious creativity.

A careful investigation will also reveal that you can receive Dominican College credit for this workshop.

The workshop will be held on Saturday, February 13th, from 10am-4pm at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera, CA, 94925.  Sign up here.

Poet, travel writer, novelist and Left Coast Writers® founder Linda Watanabe McFerrin (www.lwmcferrin.com) is a contributor to numerous newspapers, magazines and anthologies. She 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. Her latest novel, Dead Love (Stone (more…)

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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 ||
http://www.ggpbooks.com/

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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Workshop: Making a Scene with Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Making a Scene Workshop
with Linda Watanabe McFerrin
Saturday, December 12th, 2015, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Boulevard, Corte Madera, CA 94925
$120

Register here

In this one-day workshop, you’ll learn to balance setting, character, and dialogue to create stellar scenes. Some of the exercises have given birth to award-winning work by past participants. Bring your laptop and/or paper and pen and discover how a good writer takes center stage on the page and holds it.

Poet, travel writer, and novelist Linda Watanabe McFerrin (www.lwmcferrin.com) is a contributor to numerous newspapers, (more…)

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Workshop: Building Character with Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Saturday, November 14th, 2015 || 10am-4pm
Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera ||
www.bookpassage.com

Character-driven—it’s one way to ensure that your writing is compelling. But how do you create characters that captivate a reader? Digging up all you’ll need to know to create characters that jump from the page can be as complicated as a covert operation. So let’s put on our best sleuthing attire and gather the info on our protagonists, antagonists, confidantes, love interests and assorted supporting characters. This workshop includes plenty of in-class exercises and amusing tips on craft. Bring pages to read and work on.

A careful investigation will also reveal that you can receive Dominican College credit for this workshop.

The workshop will be held on Saturday, November 14th, from 10am-4pm at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera, CA, 94925.  Sign up here.

Poet, travel writer, novelist and Left Coast Writers® founder Linda Watanabe McFerrin (www.lwmcferrin.com) is a contributor to numerous newspapers, magazines and anthologies. She 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 YorkPublic 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. Her latest novel, Dead Love (Stone Bridge (more…)

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Litquake San Rafael 2015

Litquake San Rafael | Sunday, Oct. 11th
Downtown San Rafael | 10am-7:15pm

LitquakeLitquake is upon us again and we have a number of Left Coast Writers shaking things up in San Rafael this year.

LCW Founder, Linda Watanabe McFerrin will be reading with Laurie McAndish King, Debbie Goelz, Mary Brent Cantarutti, and Toni Picininni to answer the question “Erotic Relationships: What Makes the Heart Grow?” amid a dazzling array of exotic, erotic lingerie at Pleasures of the Heart. (http://www.litquake.org/…/erotic-relationships-what-makes-h…).

  • Cyra McFadden (“The Serial”) will serve up “The Morning After: Stories of Dish and Revenge”.
  • Book Passage co-owner and author Bill Petrocelli will tell “Tales Worth Telling”. (more…)
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