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
LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY: Love on the Left Coast – Hot Flashes & Hot Flashes 2 Monday, February 9th, 2015 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com Join us for wine, chocolate and a look at love, here on the Left Coast with Hot Flashes editors Linda Watanabe McFerrin and Laurie McAndish King and a whole new crop of super scintillating writers. Hot Flashes and Hot Flashes 2 are collections of spicy, saucy, and sensual flash fiction and poetry guaranteed to raise your temperature in a way that is positively hormonal. Guest readers will include: Tania Amochaev, Jonathan Arnowitz, Laurie McAndish King, Lowry McFerrin, Susanna Solomon Joan Steidinger and more.
Congratulations to the writers, editors, designer, and printer of Wandering in Paris for doing a beautiful job! The anthology has won another award; this time at the 2014 Paris Book Festival. Wandering in Paris: Luminaries and Love in the City of Light, edited by Bay Area poet, novelist and travel writer, Linda Watanabe McFerrin (www.lwmcferrin.com) and Bay Area author and journalist, Joanna Biggar (www.joannabiggar.org), won an honorable mention in the anthologies and collections category. The anthology includes a foreword by noted Paris-based author and travel writer David Downie and the work of talented Bay Area writers. It is the third in a series from the Wanderland Writers workshops (www.wanderlandwriters.com), which have also produced collections of essays on Costa Rica and Bali. Writers in this anthology include: Unity Barry, Daphne Beyers, Sandra Bracken, Mary Brent Cantarutti, Antoinette Constable, Kitty Hughes, Laurie McAndish King, Ethel Mussen, Catherine Pyke, Cindy Rasicot, and Anne Sigmon. Cover and interior page design were done by Jim Shubin, the Book Alchemist, production by Proforma Mactec Solutions. Phil Cousineau, author of The Art of Pilgrimage and The Book of Roads, has this to say about the anthology:
LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY: Undercover Love: Lust, Literature, and Lingerie Monday, February 10th, 2014 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com Join us again and bring your loved ones for more fun with wine, chocolate, readings, discussion and a look—up close and personal—at gorgeous undercover fashion from Blackbird Underpinnings on Monday, February 10th from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Book Passage at the San Francisco Ferry Plaza. Editors Linda Watanabe McFerrin and Laurie McAndish King and various Hot Flashes: sexy little stories and poems contributors and other Left Coast Writers® will share their work and celebrate Undercover Love: Lust, Literature, and Lingerie.
LEFT COAST WRITERS® ON THE AIR These Bay Area writers are pushing the edge from the page to Internet radio in a new monthly series on FCCFREERADIO, San Francisco’s Alternative Radio On Sunday, January 19, 2014 Left Coast Writers® take to the air with a monthly spot on FCCFREERADIO – San Francisco’s Alternative Radio Studio 1-A from 12-2PM with popular radio talk show host, Melinda Adams, aka Ms. Kitty, aka Lilycat. The monthly two-hour call-in spot on FCCREERADIO’s long-running weekly talk show, Lilycat on Stuff, will feature stories and chat on topics that have these writers climbing out of their garrets and closets and congregating in a SOMA studio to hold forth on topics that move them to ire and ecstasy. On Sunday, January 19, find out more about Undercover Love: Lust, Literature and Lingerie as Left Coast Writers and Hot Flashes: sexy little
Hot Flashes: more sexy little stories and poems is having a pre-Valentine’s Day Promotion at Book Passage! In the spirit of pairs, Book Passage is offering this special deal: From January 2nd to February 14th, there is a “buy one, get one free” Hot Flashes: more sexy little stories and poems pre-Valentine’s Day Promotion at Book Passage (415-927-0960). Just let them know that you want a free copy when you purchase! So buy the book for yourself, give the free copy to friend or lover, and join the editors for a lovely in-store party on 2/12/12 with a reading, entertainment, a sexy raffle and more! There will be wine and chocolate and … who knows? … you might win a super special prize.
LEFT COAST WRITERS PRE-VALENTINE’S DAY EVENT: Party for the day of the heart, with a few heart-felt readings as well! Saturday, February 11th|| 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera || 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera ||www.bookpassage.com Join us for the ultimate pre-Valentine’s Day party. Hot Flashes editors Linda Watanabe McFerrin and Laurie McAndish King and a host of past contributors (Claire Savage, Kunal Mukherjee, Saul Isler, Marianne Betterly, and more) will serve up wine, chocolate, romance-inducing gifts and some super-sultry works of literature just in time for the special day. Single or paired or in a big group, we want you to come and enjoy the love-ly vibe! About Hot Flashes: We confess, we’re on a mission. We think that the pleasures of being human and “in the flesh” get short shrift in our daily lives. Too often, in our culture, a natural captivation with the senses and their allure is suppressed, closeted, twisted, and this isn’t healthy at all. So, we want to present an unadulterated and avidly expressed lust for the sensual and all its permutations. This collection isn’t about anger and rebellion. It’s about love-about a good old erotic hankering for everything hot and steamy, warm and juicy, tasty, fragrant, visually exciting and vibration-filled. It’s about quickies: flash fiction, non-fiction and poetry guaranteed to raise a reader’s temperature in a way that is positively hormonal. These sexy short stories and poems demonstrate how simple it is to find pleasure almost anywhere when we are willing to slow down and attend to our feelings, our memories, and our senses. Linda Watanabe McFerrin has been traveling since she was two and writing about it since she was six. She is a contributor to numerous literary journals, newspapers, magazines, anthologies, and online publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, Modern Bride, San Francisco Bride, Bay Nature, various Travelers’ Tales anthologies, and Salon.com. A popular speaker and panelist and an award-winning writer, she has authored two poetry collections, a novel and a short story collection, and has edited four books, including a northern California guidebook and a travel anthology. Linda has served as an NEA panelist and past judge for the San Francisco Literary Awards, the Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence and the Kiriyama Prize, and is founder and President of Left Coast Writers®, LLC. Laurie McAndish King is a travel writer whose essays have been published in anthologies such as 30 Days in Italy, The Thong Also Rises, and the award-winning The Kindness of Strangers. Her work has also been published in the San Francisco Chronicle Magazine and aired on KUSF radio. Laurie’s adventurous spirit has led her to chase lemurs through the mountains of Madagascar, study medicinal plants in the jungles of Brazil, track lions on foot-without a gun-in Botswana, study with an urban shaman in San Francisco, and trap and band raptors in the Marin Headlands. Laurie earned her master’s degree in Internet-based education and publishes an online newsletter for travel writers. She is an officer and board member of Bay Area Travel Writers, and indulges her passions for travel and natural history as often as she possibly can.
LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Canyon Sam, Author of Sky Train: Tibetan Women On the Edge of History Monday, December 6, 2010 || 7pm Book Passage || Corte Madera 51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com December is a very special time for us. Every year we close a series of absolutely marvelous salons with an inspirational Presenter, one who embodies the spirit of community that means so much to our writers and to readers everywhere. This year, we’ve asked Canyon Sam to speak. We expect this to be festive, a bit of a party, a chance to celebrate together, to congratulate one another on a year of good endeavor and offer support and inspiration for the year ahead. So we hope you’ll join the festivities and enjoy a wonderful evening with Canyon Sam. Canyon Sam is a PEN award winning author, nationally acclaimed performance artist and activist from San Francisco. A third generation Chinese American, Ms. Sam spent a year in Tibet, China and India when Tibet first opened in the mid 1980s. Upon return to the States she worked as an early Tibet activist in the U.S. — helping found the Tibetan Nuns Project, and speaking before Congress at their Tiananmen Square hearings on human rights. Her groundbreaking book Sky Train: Tibetan Women On the Edge of History (University of Washington Press, 2009), with a foreword by the Dalai Lama, reveals for the first time the untold narrative of Tibetan women and their unsung role in the occupation of their country. Blending memoir and oral history, the author travels on China’s controversial new “Sky Train” to Lhasa in 2007 and crosses the Himalayas in search of women from her earlier oral history project. Along with the gripping stories of women’s resistance, courage and spiritual resilience, the book also offers one of the first inside accounts of the recent drastic changes in Tibet due to China’s meteoric rise to modernization. Sky Train, over nineteen years in the making, won the 2010 PEN American Center’s Open Book Award. “Remarkable…visceral and deeply felt.” Publishers Weekly, starred review. “A miracle of a journey, a miracle of a book.” Maxine Hong Kingston. Don’t miss this!
LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Molly Dwyer, Author of Requiem for the Author of Frankenstein Tuesday, September 7, 2010 || 7pm Book Passage || Corte Madera 51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Frankenstein was conceived during the summer of 1816 when Mary Godwin and Percy Bysshe Shelley lived on Lake Geneva in the company of the infamous Lord Byron. Frankenstein matured into a novel during the following winter, while Mary lived mostly without Shelley in Bath, keeping her pregnant stepsister Claire hidden from wagging tongues. During that winter both Mary’s half-sister, Fanny, and Shelley’s abandoned wife, Harriet, killed themselves. On January 1, 1818, one year later, Frankenstein descended upon the world. Its author, now the married Mrs. Shelley, was twenty years old.
LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Michael Krasny, Author of Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life and Spiritual Envy: An Agnostic’s Quest Monday, August 2, 2010 || 7pm Book Passage || Corte Madera 51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Everyone knows Michael Krasny, the award-winning host of NPR/KQED’s Forum with Michael Krasny, a news and public affairs program covering politics, culture, the arts, health, business and technology since 1993 and veteran interviewer for NPR’s nationally broadcast City Arts and Lectures series. He’s also an English professor at San Francisco State University, and a widely published scholar, critic and fiction writer. We are so pleased to have him as a Left Coast Writers Literary Salon Presenter in August.