LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Michael Shapiro, Travel Writer and Author of A Sense of Place: Great Travel Writers Talk About Their Craft, Lives, and Inspiration Monday, August 4th, 2014 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com There’s a Travel Writers and Photographers Conference coming up at Book Passage in August, so who better to be our salon speaker for the month than experienced freelance travel writer, Michael Shapiro. Michael is an award-winning writer, photographer and interviewer whose work appears regularly in national magazines and metropolitan newspapers. He’s the author of A Sense of Place and specializes in travel, but his interests range far and wide — since 2011 he’s been the gambling columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. Michael will share notes and anecdotes on his travel writing career and adventures. Always witty and enthusiastic, he’ll bring the laughs as well as great advice for writers, so it’s sure to be an entertaining and enlightening evening.
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Writer Michael Shapiro and photographer Kraig Lieb with their new book Guatemala: A Journey Through the Land of the Maya. Saturday, November 8 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera || 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com “This hauntingly beautiful book has brilliantly captured the current-day life and culture of the Maya in Guatemala. Michael Shapiro’s text and Kraig Lieb’s photos will cement their reputations as among our leading travel writers and photographers.” —Arthur Frommer, founder, Frommer’s Guides Michael Shapiro and Kraig Lieb, a photographer for Lonely Planet, will show slides illuminating the land, traditions and celebrations of the Maya in Guatemala. Shapiro, who wrote the text for this pictorial book, will address questions about traveling to Guatemala and the best places to see there. ABOUT MICHAEL SHAPIRO: Michael Shapiro, a writer whose work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, first visited Guatemala in 1989. During six journeys to Guatemala over the past two decades, Shapiro has developed a deep affection for the land and its effervescent Mayan people. Shapiro’s 2004 book, A Sense of Place: Great Travel Writers Talk About Their Craft, Lives, and Inspiration includes interviews with Bill Bryson, Frances Mayes, Paul Theroux, and Pico lyer. His essay, “The Longest Day,” was selected for The Best Travel Writing 2005.