December 14, 2008
7:00 pmto8:00 pm

Editors Barbara J. Euser and Connie Burke will present their latest travel anthology, Venturing in Italy: Travels in Puglia, Land between Two Seas at Book Passage in Corte Madera at 7 p.m. on Sunday, December 14. Contributing writers will read segments from their stories about Puglia (the heel of Italy’s boot) and Barbara and Connie will present thirty slides of the region.

Local readers include Nancy Alpert, Connie Gutowsky, Tom Harrell, Laurie McAndish King, Linda Watanabe McFerrin, Ethel Mussen, and MJ Pramik. Out-of-town “celebrity readers” include Sandra Bracken, Annelize Goedbloed, and Carol Kelly

November 6, 2008
7:30 pmto8:30 pm
November 21, 2008
7:00 pmto8:00 pm

Tango, an Argentine Love Story, by Camille Cusumano will celebrate with several more Bay Area booksigning events. More info at Camille’s website.

  • November 6, at 7:30 pm
    Books Inc. in the Marina
    2251 Chestnut Street
    San Francisco
  • November 21st at 7:00 pm
    Book Passage
    Corte Madera

Congratulations to Christopher P. Baker, freelance writer-photographer, for winning the gold in SATW’s Category 1: Grand Award – Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year.

Judges’ comments about the Grand Award winner-Travel Journalist of the Year: “Christopher Baker specializes in the Caribbean, and from Cuba to Costa Rica, he knows his territory. … he’ll help you get to know it, too – with insights into the people, surveys of the landscape and all the how-to hints a traveler could want. …”

November 7, 2008
7:00 pm

I’ve seen this book, and it’s beautiful. Hope you can join Kraig and Michael for the launch celebrations:

Kraig Lieb and Michael Shapiro celebrate the publication of Guatemala: A Journey Through the Land of the Maya. 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.

Two free venues:

Friday, Nov. 7, 7pm
Copperfield’s Books
138 N. Main St.
Sebastopol, Calif.

Mexican Enough

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October 29, 2008
7:30 pm

Stephanie Elizondo Griest will be touring for the next few months with her latest memoir, Mexican Enough: My Life Between the Borderlines. She’ll be in San Francisco on Wednesday, October 29 at Modern Times Bookstore (888 Valencia Street in the Mission District) at 7:30 p.m.

Here is a description of the book:

October 12, 2008
1:00 pmto4:00 pm

Camille Cusumano’s book, Tango: An Argentine Love Story will be celebrated with a book launch party at the The Museo ItaloAmericano on Sunday, October 12, from 1 to 4 p.m. Details at Camille’s site. I’m reading—and enjoying—the book now. It’s about the intersection of tango, Zen and yoga, and how they pulled Camille through a difficult transition.

November 8, 2008
7:00 pmto8:00 pm

FREE event: Kraig Lieb and Michael Shapiro celebrate the publication of Guatemala: A Journey Through the Land of the Maya with a book launch party at Book Passage in Corte Madera on Saturday, November 8.  In addition to Michael’s evocative descriptions, the coffee-table book is filled with gorgeous photos. 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. More info on Michael’s website.
Saturday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m.
Book Passage
51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA

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December 16, 2007
4:00 pm

Sunday, December 16 at 4 p.m.
Book Passage
Corte MaderaJoin the energetic and grammatically wise Jane Straus, author of Enough is Enough, a self-help guide to living an extraordinary life, as she discusses The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation, her best-selling title.

BATW Awards

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January 19, 2008
10:00 amto12:30 pm

The Best of BATW 2008 and Planet Earth 2008 Writing and Photography competitions will be awarding the prizes at Book Passage (Corte Madera). The awards ceremony, with readings by the winners, will occur on Saturday, January 19, from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

September 17, 2007
7:00 pm

On Monday, September 17, at 7 pm, Corte Madera’s Book Passage bookstore and Left Coast Writers will celebrate entrepreneur and writer Christine Comaford-Lynch’s new book, Rules for Renegades: How to Make More Money, Rock Your Career, and Revel in Your Individuality. Come and meet Christine (a card-carrying member of Left Coast Writers) at this free-of-charge evening at Book Passage, when she’ll read from her book and answer questions about her rags-to-riches ride from high-school dropout to multi-millionaire CEO.

September 15, 2007
3:00 pm
September 16, 2007
3:00 pm
September 18, 2007
7:00 pm
September 19, 2007
7:00 pm
September 20, 2007
7:00 pm
September 21, 2007
6:30 pm
September 23, 2007
11:00 am
September 24, 2007
7:00 pm
September 26, 2007
6:30 pm
October 1, 2007
7:00 pm
October 2, 2007
12:00 pm

Talk about a whirlwind! Stephanie Elizondo Griest is on tour with her new book, 100 Places Every Woman Should Go. If you can catch up with her, she’ll be at these venues:
Saturday, September 15 – SANTA ROSA, CA
— Stephanie will speak on a travel writing panel at the Sonoma County Book Festival, along with Tim Cahill, Michael Shapiro, Lea Aschkenas and Larry Habegger at 3 p.m. in the Forum Room of the Sonoma County Library at 3rd & E Streets.

June 26, 2007
7:00 pm
August 12, 2007
7:00 pm

“Contributors to The Best Women’s Travel Writing 2007 will read from the book at several Northern California venues in the coming weeks. Diana Cohen, Francesca De Stefano, and Thelma Stiles will read selections from their stories at Books Inc., 3515 California Street, San Francisco, Tuesday, June 26 at 7 p.m.

“The same three will be joined by Nicole Clausing for a reading at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista, Corte Madera, CA on Sunday, Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. as a prelude to the annual Book Passage Travel Writers and Photographers Conference. Come to one or more of these events for what promise to be engaging evenings of women’s travel stories.”

September 15, 2007
10:00 amto5:00 pm

Tim Cahill will be at the 2007 Sonoma County Book Festival,—a free event on Saturday, September 15—along with Michael Shapiro, Marybeth Bond, Cara Black, and many others.

“In its seventh year, this literary event for all ages will feature nationally acclaimed and locally treasured authors, readings, workshops, book sales and more in Old Courthouse Square in Santa Rosa. More than 50 local and nationally-known writers will provide a full day of readings, panel discussions, childrens’ events, and poetry.”

Fee: Free

Time: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Phone Number: (707) 527-5412

May 2, 2007
7:00 pm

Please join me and Francesca DeStephano, Georgia Hesse, Bonnie Smetts, and Phil Thompson, along with Executive Editor Larry Habegger, for a reading from the newly released Travelers Tales’ anthology, 30 Days in Italy. Other local contributors include Bill Fink, Constance Hale, Linda Watanabe McFerrin, Mary Noyes, Laura Read, and Michael Shapiro.

I’ll be reading “Banana Tower,” about dreams, disillusionment, and redemption at the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Wednesday May 2 at 7 p.m.
Get Lost Travel Books
1825 Market Street
San Francisco, CA
(415) 437-0529

April 30, 2007
7:30 pm

If you know her work, you won’t want to miss this … From writer and performer Tanya Shaffer:

Dear Friends,

I’m writing to invite you to a very special event.

For the past couple of years I’ve been working on a script for a new musical. The working title is “Sid Arthur: A Tale of a Modern Buddha.” It’s a modern fairy tale that very loosely parallels the life of the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, in a contemporary setting. My Buddha is a female enlightened being named Sidney Arthur; her followers call her Mama Sid.

One aspect of the Buddha’s life which has always intrigued and disturbed me is the fact that he left his wife and infant son to pursue enlightenment. In my story, Mama Sid has become

May 17, 2007
7:00 pm

Diane LeBow will be reading from her story, “Dancing on the Wine Dark Sea,” with a few other contributors to the new Seal Press anthology, Greece: A Love Story: Women Write about the Greek Experience (Seal Press). Diane, President of Bay Area Travel Writers and winner of the recent Travelers’ Tales Solas Gold Award for Best Story of a Romance on the Road, tells the tales of three visits to the land of Homer over a 25 year period: love, death, visits to the sites of ancient Athenian fertility cults, and much more.

June 16, 2007
2:00 pmto3:00 pm

June 16th, 2 pm
Book signing
Book Passage
1 Ferry Bldg # 34
San Francisco

“Oakland, California has more to offer than anyone would have guessed. From a vibrant underground music and art scene to the most straight ahead sustainable restaurants and businesses, it should not be missed on a vacation to the Bay Area. Oakland has a rich history marked by a welcoming spirit and the most ethnically diverse population in the United States.

May 23, 2007
7:00 pm

Put this one on your calendar: Closed-off North Korea is one of the world’s last travel frontiers. Chris Springer has visited this reclusive nation and has spent 12 years researching its mysterious past. The author of Pyongyang: The Hidden History of the North Korean Capital, Chris will show rare photos illustrating the country’s bombastic architecture and pervasive cult of the leader. Chris will discuss the bizarre experience of traveling to North Korea and will also reveal aspects of life concealed by the authorities. Visit his website.

Wednesday, May 23, 7 pm
free admission
Get Lost Travel Books
1825 Market Street, San Francisco

ShapiroCongratulations to Michael Shapiro, who won the grand prize in the Bedford Pace awards for travel journalism about Great Britain. “The award, a trip to Scotland, is for a story called Land Beyond Time about the renowned writer Jan Morris and her corner of Wales. It was the cover story of the May – June 2006 issue of National Geographic Traveler magazine.”Quite an accomplishment! “There were 117 entries including articles from Travel & Leisure, Town & Country, The New York Times, Islands, and the Miami Herald … Previous winners of the Pace award include Bill Bryson, R.W. Apple and John Flinn. The story also garnered a silver certificate for Best Destination Story in Travelers’ Tales Solas Awards.”

“Who do you call if you’re working for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and are tasked with improving foreign relations? It had better be someone experienced at working in culturally ambiguous situations, someone who is diplomatic, persuasive, and adept at navigating bureaucratic channels. It should be someone who is well connected and effective at brokering new relationships. Ideally, it would be someone who is passionate about increasing cross-cultural understanding, someone people are willing to follow to the ends of the earth.” Check out my article about the amazing Mr. Voll in today’s San Francisco Chronicle Magazine.

“I was trapped inside a kiln, scalding winds roaring against me. Thick smoke scorched the Boston air. Above me, shimmering with heat, a fireball blazed across the dark sky. While booming noises cannonaded around me, a blast crashed, thundering above my head. It growled. It rumbled. It smacked me against the sidewalk. ‘Help me,’ I yelled. My legs were open cuts with sand poured in.” Congratulations to Eva Schlesinger for her moving essay, Pedaling My Way Back Home last month in the San Francisco Chronicle Magazine.

“Carla King will read from her new book, American Borders: A solo circumnavigation of the United States on a Russian sidecar motorcycle. The story begins as a journalist’s intention to study the borders between the United States, Canada, and Mexico, but quickly deteriorates into a four-month, ten-thousand mile comedy of mechanical, social, and natural disasters. More info and complete calendar here.”

April 5, 2007
Capitola Book Café, Capitola

April 19, 2007
Get Lost Travel Books, San Francisco

May 6, 2007
Book Passage, Corte Madera
(415) 927-0960

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  • March 21: Botswana: Big Cats, No Guns – Guest author Laurie McAndish King — An eventful stroll through lion country
  • March 28: Off World with Ursula Leguin — imaginary worlds as real as this one

“Seeking the tranquility of a Buddhist meditation center? The raucousness of a rumba club? Stephanie Elizondo Griest’s new book, 100 Places Every Woman Should Go, will not only inspire but compel you to hit the road — in a group, with a friend, or sola.

“Discover the world’s best places to:

  • Commune with the feisty spirits of heroines like Hatshepsut, Sappho, Catherine the Great, and Frida Kahlo
  • Race a camel, yak, or pony across the Mongolian steppe
  • Dive for pearls in Bahrain
  • Take a mud bath in a volcano off the coast of Colombia
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