Class: Linda Watanabe McFerrin - Expanding Travel Writing into Fiction

09/13/2014 12:00 pm

Sat., July 19 • 10:00-4:00 • $105

 

 

You love writing beautifully about place, but as markets shrink, you might want to stretttttch your horizons. The great news is that, in an age where navigating the globe has never been more important, fabulous settings—along with super dialog—have become one of the keys to the best fiction, both speculative and reality-based. So leap into this bold new travel writing terrain. Join award-winning travel writer and novelist, Linda Watanabe McFerrin, in a workshop designed to show you how to take your writing about place to a whole new dimension that is out of this world. Exciting info on craft, exercises, and work on your individual projects are all part of this day-long adventure.

Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Poet, travel writer, novelist, and contributor to numerous newspapers, magazines and anthologies and the Founder of Left Coast Writers®. A winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction, her first novel, Namako:  Sea Cucumber, was named Best Book for the Teen-Age by the New York Public Library. Her most recent novel, Dead Love, was short-listed as a William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Competition finalist and was a Bram Stoker Award Finalist for Superior Achievement in a Novel.

Linda has judged the San Francisco Literary Awards, the Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence and the Kiriyama Prize, served as a visiting mentor for the Loft Mentor Series and been guest faculty at the Oklahoma Arts Institute. A past NEA Panelist and juror for the Marin Literary Arts Council, she has led workshops in Greece, France, Italy, Ireland, Central America, Indonesia and the United States and has mentored a long list of accomplished writers and best-selling authors toward publication.

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925

Class: Amy Novesky - On-the-Spot Children's Writing Workshop

09/13/2014 2:00 pm
Sat., Sept. 13 • 10:00-2:00 pm • $60
 
48-hour advance registration • Limit of six
 
 
 
You’ve written a brilliant children’s story and can’t wait to hear what others think, or you’re stuck and need a critique. Bring your manuscript or idea to this on-the-spot workshop, and we’ll critique it. Amy Novesky is a children’s book editor, author, and experienced workshop leader.

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925

Claire Thomas - The Kitchy Kitchen

A playful and delicious cookbook, from the host of ABC’s Food for Thought with Claire Thomas and creator of the much loved food blog The Kitchy Kitchen.
 
Every cook needs an arsenal of staples, whether for the perfect dinner party entrée to wow a crowd, or throw-it-together lunches for lazy afternoons…but we all know that the real fun comes in making basic recipes your own. The Kitchy Kitchen ($26.00) is tastemaker Claire Thomas’s solution for amping up your everyday culinary routine, introducing her approach to her own kitchen: loose, personal, unfussy, and most of all, fun.

With new takes on classic favorites—think adding farmer’s market peaches to upgrade a BLT, spicing up tempura cauliflower with a zesty harissa sauce, or transforming basic red velvet cupcakes into decadent pancakes—this cookbook is filled with fresh, produce-driven recipes for every skill set and occasion. It’s your best friend and personal chef, all rolled into one. Gorgeously illustrated and peppered with stylish entertaining tips and quirky essays that will inspire you to take the recipes you love and make them new, The Kitchy Kitchen will make your life in the kitchen a little easier, a little more fabulous, and positively delicious.

Claire Thomas is an unabashed food enthusiast and the host of Food for Thought with Claire Thomas, part of Litton’s Weekend Adventure on ABC. She works as a nationally recognized commercial director, food photographer, and writer, with her blog, The Kitchy Kitchen, as her experiment and much beloved playground. Born and raised in LA, Claire has turned food into an intellectual and grumbling stomach–driven passion.
 
Location: 
Street:
1 Ferry Building
City:
San Francisco
,
Postal Code:
94111
$26.00
ISBN-13: 9781476710730
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Atria Books, 8/2014

Lisa Alpine - Wild Life

From licking a Monet in Paris, to pushing an abusive macho honeymooner off his sailboat in the shark-infested Galápagos, to saving her toddler son from a charging bull elephant in Africa, these delightful tales will inspire readers to follow the call of a wild life and leave home with their doors unlocked. The 14 captivating woman’s adventure stories in Wild Life: Travel Adventures of a Worldly Woman ($14.95) by Lisa Alpine span the savanna of the Masai Mara to the ski resorts of Switzerland. Tales of taking it too far in foreign countries are woven together with stories of sadness and joy, from hitchhiking with her son in New Zealand to the sorrow of her last meal with her mother suffering from dementia. Initiations, dreams, and visions illuminate the exotic landscapes in which these journeys take place, pulling the reader along to experience the far-off places and share in the personal evolution of the author as she lives the “Wild Life”.
 
Lisa Alpine is the author of Wild Life: Travel Adventures of a Worldly Woman and Exotic Life: Travel Tales of an Adventurous Woman ($12.95) (Best Women's Adventure Memoir BAIPA Book Awards). She is the winner of many awards including Best Travel Story of the Year 2014 Solas Silver for Fish Trader Ray.
 
Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$14.95
ISBN-13: 9780984229369
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Dancing Words Press, 6/2014

$12.95
ISBN-13: 9780984229338
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Dancing Words Press, 1/2014

Cooks with Books: Tanya Holland - Brown Sugar Kitchen

Left Bank in Larkspur • Single $105; Couple $165 (one book)

 

 

Alice Waters describes Tanya Holland’s food as “...robust, soulful recipes that use seasonal and local ingredients. This book is a wonderful reflection of the spirit she has fostered at Brown Sugar Kitchen in West Oakland.” If you haven’t yet been to eat at Brown Sugar Kitchen, executive chef and owner Tanya Holland has created a delicious outpost of soul food and a common gathering spot for locals at her popular restaurant. Brown Sugar Kitchen features recipes for 80 restaurant favorites including her famous chicken and waffles dish as well as sides, salads, and desserts like Caramel Layer Cake with Brown Butter Caramel Frosting. The foreword is by Michael Chabon, Pulitzer Prize winning novelist and a regular at her restaurant.

 

Location: 
Street:
Left Bank Restaurant
Additional:
507 Magnolia Ave
City:
Larkspur
,
Postal Code:
94939
Country:
United States
$29.95
ISBN-13: 9781452122342
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Chronicle Books, 9/2014

Kimberley Hasselbrink in Conversation with Erin Scott - Vibrant Food & Yummy Supper

Photographer and food blogger Kimberley Hasselbrink looks at ingredients differently, regarding them in terms of what colors inspire her: the shocking fluorescent pink of a chard stem, the deep reds and purples of baby kale leaves, the bright shades of green that emerge in the spring, and even the calm yellows and whites of so many winter vegetables. Thinking about produce in terms of color has reinvigorated Hasselbrink's relationship with food, and in the collection of recipes contained in Vibrant Food ($25.00), she employs color, flavor, and texture to build gorgeous yet unfussy dishes. From Pasta with Nettle Pesto and Blistered Snap Peas in spring to Broiled Figs with Za'atar and Pecans in autumn, this beautiful celebration of the colors, flavors, and moods of each season create a delicious picture of healthy eating.
 
Kimberly Hasselbrink is a food photographer, writer, and creator of the acclaimed site The Year in Food, which was a finalist in Saveur's 2012 and 2013 Best Food Blog Awards. Her work appears regularly in the Etsy blog, and her photography clients include Williams Sonoma, Bon Appetit, Harvard Common Press, Kinfolk magazine, Edible San Francisco, Foodzie, Rewinery, Grist, and CUESA. The Year in Food has been praised by The Kitchn, Food52, Gourmet Live, Anthology magazine, Refinery 29, Spry Living, and Babble. Bon Appetit named Kimberley's Instagram account one of the fifteen Best Accounts for Food Lovers.
 
The first gluten-free cookbook so enticing that it transcends the genre, Yummy Supper ($24.99) is about bounty, flavor, and fun. Based on Erin Scott's award-winning blog of the same name, it has the same clean, gifty visual aesthetic. These are recipes that emphasize naturally gluten-free ingredients and, like her blog, will appeal not only to gluten intolerants and celiacs but also to anyone just looking for a great recipe. 
 
Erin Scott writes and photographs the award-winning blog Yummy Supper. After working at Elle, she contributed to numerous places, from Kinfolk and Glamour to Gourmet.com, TasteSpotting, Foodgawker, and Fine Cooking. Her upcoming cookbook Yummy Supper is full of simple, seasonal, gluten-free recipes.She lives in Berkeley, CA, with her husband and children. 
 
Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$25.00
ISBN-13: 9781607745419
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Ten Speed Press, 6/2014

$24.99
ISBN-13: 9781609615444
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Rodale Books, 8/2014



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