LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY: Camille Cusumano, Author of Wilderness Begins at Home: Travels with my Big Sicilian Family Monday, May 9, 2016 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com What do a high mountain meadow, an ancient Sicilian ruin, and a New Orleans voodoo temple have in common? These are just three of the places you encounter the Cusumano clan in Wilderness Begins at Home. This collection of 20 stories spans more than 20 years and weaves a figurative journey along with literal adventures, that are exciting, episodic, humorous, and always probing the eternal question what does family really mean to us? Each story has a destination, but the journey and the family interactions are the things that captivate, warm the heart, and stir the soul. “I love Wilderness Begins at Home! It’s the best kind of travel book — one that invites the reader into real lives, in real places. Whether they’re fighting off a wild bear or dealing with a clandestine coffee fetish, sitting Zen or locking horns with a Voodoo priestess, Camille and her lively family share fun and mischief around the world.” —Laurie McAndish King Author of Lost, Kidnapped, Eaten Alive! True stories from a curious traveler Camille Cusumano is the author of of Tango, an Argentine Love Story (Seal Press, 2008), endorsed by Vipassana teacher Sylvia Boorstein as “a remarkable addition to contemporary dharma literature . . . [that] shows the redemptive potential of a sincere spiritual practice.” She has written for numerous publications, including National
Monday, January 5, 2009 || 7pm || Camille Cusumano, Author of Tango, an Argentine Love Story Book Passage – Corte Madera 51 Tamal Vista Dr., Corte Madera Please join us in a scintillating start for the New Year at the first Left Coast Writers Literary Salon of 2009! Camille Cusumano will light up the evening with a talk about her love of literature and her passion for tango. Camille has even promised a short tango demonstration. You may bring guests to this event. After all, they say it takes two … Camille Cusumano has written on food, fitness, and travel for more than 20 years, and recently on dance and yoga. She was an editor at VIA Magazine for 17 years. Her work has appeared in many publications, including Islands, Country Living, the San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, the New York Times, Yoga Journal, and the Washington Post. Her cookbook credits include The New Foods (Henry Holt), America Loves Salads (Literary Guild), Rodale’s Basic Natural Foods Cookbook (co-written with Carol Munson, Editor Charles Gerras), and Tofu, Tempeh, and Other Soy Delights (Rodale). Her novel, The Last Cannoli (Legas, 2000) was inspired by her growing up in a large Sicilian American family. The book, wrote former San Francisco Poet Laureate Lawrence Ferlinghetti, “attests to the power of storytelling to hold life together through all its diasporas.” She has contributed essays to travel anthologies and is the editor of the anthology series: France, a Love Story, Italy, a Love Story, Mexico, a Love Story, and Greece, a Love Story, all published by Seal Press, Emeryville, Calif.