LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY: Salento by Five: Friendship, Food, Music, and Travel Within the Heel of Italy’s Boot by Audrey Fielding Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com Also, a little early in November, join us “in Italy” for an evening with Audrey Fielding, not on Monday, but on Wednesday eve at Book Passage in San Francisco. Salento by 5 is a collection of richly woven Italian stories, written by three local Italians and two American travelers. A friendship begins in the Rome airport, migrates to Salento, the southernmost Italian region of Puglia, blossoms over food and wine, and culminates in a narrative filled with nostalgic and personal recollections of Salento’s unique history, culture, and people. Enjoy the book’s watercolor sketches, the local recipes, and off-the-beaten path travel hints that only the Salento by 5 authors can provide. Whether you are an armchair traveler or looking for a new Italian adventure in a not so well known region, Salento by 5 has a little something for everyone. Audrey Fielding was born in Bristol, Connecticut. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cuzco, Peru from 1964 to 1966 and taught at Lincoln International School and Costa Rica Academy in San Jose, Costa Rica from 1971 to 1975. For more than twenty years, she was a San Francisco educator. She began studying Italian in Perugia, Italy in
LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: David Downie, Author of A Passion for Paris: Romanticism and Romance in the City of Light and the upcoming A Taste of Paris—The History of the Parisian Love Affair With Food Monday, October 2nd, 2017 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Once again we have a very special treat in store for you. David Downie, author of A Passion for Paris: Romanticism and Romance in the City of Light and his new book, A Taste of Paris—The History of the Parisian Love Affair With Food, joins us again—all the way from Paris—this time in Conversation with Laurie McAndish King, author of Lost Kidnapped and Eaten Alive and Your Crocodile Has Arrived. Whether or not you are mad about Paris and travel and food, we are certain that this is going to be a delightful and informative evening for all concerned, and we hope you will spread the word. We also invite you to bring a guest. Just let us know who’s coming. “A Taste of Paris took me on the walk I have always dreamed of: a joyous romp through time with culinary historian and literary gastronome David Downie. The streets and tables of Paris will never be the same and I could not be more grateful.” —Alice Waters “A veritable encyclopedia of everything you ever wanted to know about the Parisians and their victuals. This literary tour de force turns received wisdom on its head, sprinkling the serious subject of what, when, where and how the French have eaten throughout history with many a great moment of humor and irreverence. I loved it!” —Harriet Welty Rochefort, author of Joie de Vivre David Downie is a native San Franciscan who moved to Paris in the mid-1980s and now divides his time between
On Sunday, August 13th from 12-2pm, join Left Coast Writers® Live on FCCFREE RADIO’s popular show, Lilycat on Stuff. Lilycat’s guest on Sunday will be Maxine Rose Schur. Maxine Rose Schur is a children’s book author and travel journalist. Her essays have appeared in numerous publications including The Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, San Francisco Chronicle, Insight Guides, Salon.com, Jetsetter, Escape and travel essay anthologies by Traveler’s Tales and Random House. She has twice won the Lowell Thomas Award given by the Society of American Travel Writers. Places in Time recounts the author’s 18-month journey around the world including places never before seen by a traveler. With little money but boundless enthusiasm, her goal was to travel not just to understand a place, but its people. Whether camping in the center of Paris, dangling off a Panamanian tramp steamer or hitchhiking across Australia, Maxine Rose Schur’s stories tell of exuberant youthful adventures and heartwarming encounters informed by the life knowledge gained with the accumulation of years.
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Your Crocodile Has Arrived: More true stories from a curious traveler by Laurie McAndish King Saturday, August 19th, 2017 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com This should be a fascinating evening! Whether your taste runs to crocodiles or chocolate, ancient relics or flying saucers, you’re sure to find entertainment and illumination in Your Crocodile Has Arrived: More true stories from a curious traveler, a collection of 21 true stories from an award-winning author. Join in as she makes a pilgrimage to see a 2,500-year-old tooth, receives a full-body chocolate massage, checks out 20-foot-long earthworms, participates in a shamanic ayahuasca ritual, and learns the secrets of alien spaceship propulsion from an Ivy-League astrophysicist. Laurie McAndish King’s award-winning essays and photography have
Book Passage Travel Writers and Photographers Conference August 10-13, 2017 Corte Madera, CA Register Here The Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference has an extraordinary reputation among publishers, editors, and writers. Alumni have published books, articles, and photos—many as the direct result of lessons learned and contacts made at the conference. There is no finer travel conference anywhere in the world. The Conference offers an array of workshops, panels, and evening activities. There are many hours of informal interaction between faculty and students during lunch and in discussions that often last late into the evening. The collegiate atmosphere of this four-day conference attracts participants and faculty from all over the country, many for repeat visits. Opportunities abound for faculty and participants to talk, laugh, and exchange ideas in classes, workshops, panels, and informal lunches. For a full overview of the Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference, check out Conference Days!
Hawaii Book & Music Festival: May 6-7, 2017 The Mokulē‘ia Writers Retreat: May 7-12, 2017 Join me this month for two terrific events for writers events in Hawaii. The Mokulē‘ia Writers Retreat is an annual gathering that brings three dozen writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essays, and memoir to the North Shore of O‘ahu for a week of intimate workshops and coaching. The retreat is high-level and professional — but also low-key and tuned in to the beauty of the surroundings. It fosters an exchange in two directions — between islanders and mainlanders, published writers and budding writers, Native Hawaiian artistry and mainland publishing. With the Waianae Mountains as a backdrop and the open ocean in front, participants break bread with colleagues, gather in daily workshops, salute the morning sun in yoga, write privately in the shade of ironwood trees, and wander along the beach. They even dance some hula. The theme, nā wahi ho‘oulu, acknowledges that a sacred spot like this will inspire the assembled to explore other places — whether in the heart, in memory, or in the moment.
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: This Trip Will Change Your Life: A Shaman’s Story of Spirit Evolution by Jennifer Monahan Saturday, January 14th, 2017 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com While Jennifer Monahan has always felt connected to the spirit world, she didn’t fully realize how it had been orchestrating her life until a spur-of-the-moment trip to Yucatan, Mexico and a chance meeting with a Mayan shaman changed her life forever. This is the true story of Monahan’s journey to finding and living her life purpose as a shaman. Filled with wisdom from her spirit guides and teachers that can benefit others looking for their life purpose, This Trip Will Change Your Life: Shaman’s Story of Spirit Evolution shows how finding her true path made all the synchronistic “threads” in Monahan’s life come together into a beautifully woven tapestry and life purpose that she could have never imagined on her own. Jennifer Monahan is a business strategy consultant turned Mayan-trained shaman who incorporates natural health
LEFT COAST WRITERS FERRY PLAZA BOOK PARTY: My Life on the Ragged Paths of Pan: Selected Poems and Translations with Author Thanasis Maskaleris Monday, January 9th, 2017 || 6pm Book Passage || San Francisco 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco ||www.bookpassage.com Could it be poetic pandemonium or something more restrained? My Life on the Ragged Paths of Pan: Selected Poems and Translations is a unique book. It contains 40 original poems written by the author, divided into the early and late periods of his long career as a poet. The book also contains 25 poems, translated by Maskaleris, from 11 of Greece’s greatest poets: Elytis, Embirikos, Engonopoulos, Gatsos, Karelli, Kavafis, Kazantzakis, Ritsos, Sikelianos, Varnalis, and Vrettakos. In the book’s Preface, Thanasis writes: “I always strove, as a poet, to capture/express a feeling alive in me; or an idea/social concern. Landscapes that filled me with their beauty, and human beings that touched my heart are often at the center of my poems. My poetry sought to capture and revivify essential moments of my life—moments of beauty and humanity …” Like the journey home to Ithaka, this is a book to be enjoyed slowly, savoring its freshness, beauty, and wisdom. Thanasis Maskaleris was born in Arkadia, Greece and immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 17. He studied Philosophy and English at the University of Oklahoma, and Comparative Literature at Indiana University and the University of California-Berkeley. He has written original poetry in Greek and in English, and has translated contemporary Greek poetry extensively. Professor Maskaleris has taught Comparative Literature, Classics and
Anne Sigmon’s story, “Moorstones,” will appear as the Editors’ Choice Monday, December 12th, on TravelersTales.com and will be the feature story on BestTravelWriting.com. The story was first published in the Wanderland Writers anthology, Wandering in Cornwall: Mystery, Mirth and Transformation in the Land of Ancient Celts. In addition, Anne has stories in the upcoming anthology Wandering in Andalusia: The Soul of Southern Spain, to be published November 1st, 2016.
Wyoming book tour: discovering new pioneers in the old West by Marilyn Skinner Lanier Early August 2016 I’d been getting ready for weeks. Firmed up stops at indie bookstores in Laramie, Cheyenne, Casper, Cody, and Jackson for the week of August 8-12—towns that form a diagonal across the state from southeast to northwest Wyoming, through Yellowstone National Park to the Grand Tetons. I’d contacted bookstores and local newspapers with names that echo the rural West: The Second Story in Laramie, City News in Cheyenne, Wind City Books in Casper, Legends Bookstore in Cody, and Valley Bookstore in Jackson, the Laramie Boomerang and the Jackson Hole News & Guide. After Cody, Bob and I would drive to our family ranch near Clark where my family lived in the mid-1950s—the place that inspired my debut novel, Hardpan. But this time our ranch house wouldn’t be there. During my last visit, in 1973, I didn’t imagine our ranch house would burn down some twenty years later. Even so, the ranch land would be there—all thirteen hundred acres of it. Once more I’d marvel at the rugged expanse of sagebrush and cultivated fields interrupted by the Clarks Fork River winding its way to the Yellowstone and wonder at alfalfa fields that continue to defy the pounding winds