LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Lara Perkins, Associate Agent at Andrea Brown Literary Agency Monday, April 3rd, 2017 || 7pm Book Passage || Corte Madera 51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera ||www.bookpassage.com Lara represents authors and illustrators of picture books, middle grade, and YA fiction. She has been with Andrea Brown since 2010 and is also the agency’s Digital Manager. In picture books, Lara is actively seeking picture book author/illustrators who bring distinct perspectives to their work, particularly if that perspective has been underrepresented in children’s literature. She is drawn to bold and colorful art, a playful use of texture and media, and kid-appealing humor or heart. In middle grade, Lara is drawn to fresh, unexpected fantasy and light fantasy, clever mysteries, and vivid contemporary realistic fiction, all with a strong sense of place and exceptional character development. Character-driven humor always catches her eye, and she loves friendship stories (especially friendship “break up” stories), multicultural family stories, and non-traditional family structures.
LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Shirin Yim Bridges, Publisher of Goosebottom Books Monday, October 6th, 2014 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Meet Shirin Yim Bridges tonight as she shares her knowledge of writing and the many methods of publishing available to authors today. Shirin has successfully transitioned from author (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, HarperCollins/Greenwillow, Chronicle Books) to self-publisher, to award-winning publisher (Goosebottom Books). She is the author of Ruby’s Wish, a Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book and winner of the Ezra Jack Keats Award; The Umbrella Queen, which madeTIME magazine’s Top 10 list for 2008; and Mary Wrightly So Politely, which launched in April 2013 to starred reviews in Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and Shelf Awareness. Shirin is also the head goose of Goosebottom Books, and the proud publisher of The Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Dastardly Dames, named one of the Top 10 Nonfiction Series for Youth 2012 by the American Library Association; The Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Real Princesses, a silver medalist at the 2011 Independent Publishers’ Book Awards; and Horrible Hauntings, an International Reading Association Children’s Choices winner. She has taught and discussed writing and publishing at the Asian Festival for Children’s Content, the Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference, the