LitQuake 2014

September 18, 2014 | Leave a Comment

LitQuake2014Tickets are on sale for LitQuake 2014. This year’s schedule celebrates the 15th anniversary with more than 900 writers, featuring such literary talents as Nicholson Baker, Po Bronson (What Should I Do With My Life), Cara Black (Murder in the Marias), Novella Carpenter (Farm City), Katie Crouch (Girls in Trucks),Emma Donoghue (Room), Andrew Sean Greer (The Impossible Lives of Gretta Wells), Daniel Handler (Why We Broke Up), Adam Johnson (The Orphan Master’s Son), Edan Lepucki (California), Yiyun Li (Kinder Than Solitude), Marc Maron (Attempting Normal), Rosie Schaap (Drinking with Men), Rebecca Solnit (Men Explain Things to Me), Ellen Sussman (A Wedding in Provence), and more!

October 21, 2014
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

WeekdayWanderlustThe next Weekday Wanderlust will be on October 21. Readings start promptly at 7 p.m., but a group of thirsty travelers can always be found in the Hotel Rex’s Library Bar at 6 p.m. Come early, snag a seat, and say hello. Emcee for the evening is, as usual, the charming and peripatetic Don George.

August 19, 2014
5:30 pmto8:30 pm
September 16, 2014
5:30 pmto8:30 pm
October 21, 2014
5:30 pmto8:30 pm

AdventureDrinksAdventure Drinks is an informal monthly happy hour for San Francisco Bay Area & Northern California adventure travel industry folks. It’s part of the global AdventureDrinks movement. 5:30-8:30pm on the THIRD TUESDAY of the month. More info here.

November 20, 2014toNovember 23, 2014

LK-SkyTowerI had a wonderful time at the recent Travel Classics travel writers conference in New Zealand. While I’ll be writing about nocturnal, flightless birds (which I hunted, optimistically) and the Marlborough Valley’s award-winning Sauvignon Blancs (which I tasted, diligently), this may be your only opportunity to see me (in the photo above) enjoying the thrill New Zealand is best known for: adventure sports.

May 27, 2014
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

May’s Weekday Wanderlust will be on Tuesday, May 27, at the Hotel Rex (562 Sutter Street in San Francisco). Readings start promptly at 7 p.m., but a group of thirsty travelers can always be found in the Hotel Rex’s Library Bar at 6. Readers are Janis Cooke Newman, Bob Bone, and Diana Kapp. As usual, the dashing Don George is emcee for the evening. Come early, snag a seat, and say hello.

Reader Bios:

December 22, 2013
12:00 am

myanmarThanks to Sheila O’Connor for this tip: San Francisco world travelers heading for Myanmar (formerly Burma) should be sure to check out a new prize draw giving away free vacations to the country, one of Asia’s most exciting emerging travel destinations.

Entry deadline is December 22. Contest entry form and terms & conditions are here.

“Sweepstakes/Giveaways are open only to legal residents of any country in the world who are at least eighteen {18} years old at the time of entry with a valid passport.”

August 20, 2013
5:30 pmto8:30 pm

Update: The August 20th Adventure Drinks meeting will be at: America’s Cup Sports Bar, Pier 27, San Francisco.

Advena-cupture lovers from around the world are in SF now to see who will win the world’s oldest sports trophy, the America’s Cup. Like good sailors, they’ve arranged to have a bar on the waterfront. We’re going to investigate for ourselves, this coming Third Tuesday.


adventuredrinksHead on over to AdventureDrinks on Facebook for info on the informal monthly happy hour for San Francisco Bay Area & Northern California adventure travel industry folks. Part of the global AdventureDrinks movement.

August 8, 2013 12:00 pmtoAugust 11, 2013 3:00 pm

BPconfThere’s still time to sign up for the Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference, which runs from August 8th to 11th, 2013, in Corte Madera, California.

I (Laurie McAndish King) attended this conference ten years ago, and it kickstarted my travel writing career by giving me the information, inspiration, and contacts I needed to become a successful travel writer and photographer.

May 1, 2014toMay 4, 2014

Travel Classics International will be in Auckland, New Zealand from May 1–4, 2014. It looks like a fun event! Editors from Outside, Travel+Leisure, National Geographic Traveler, American Way, AFAR, Hemispheres, Robb Report, Sunset, Cooking Light, Bon Appetit, and more publications will attend. Pre- and post-conference fam tours are offered. Early bird registration is available through September 15th.

(Image above is not the Hotel Rex.) Weekday Wanderlust is a monthly reading series featuring Bay Area travel writers and other wanderlust-afflicted scribes. Its mission? To bring together Bay Area travel writers, budding and established, and let them show off their goods in a convivial and supportive environment. And to drink. Check the Weekday Wanderlust Facebook page for more info.

Travel Massive, “the biggest travel industry meetup around the world” is a global initiative to connect people in the travel industry locally, bringing together travel brands, travel startups, travel bloggers and travel professionals.

The monthly San Francisco Bay Area Travel Massive is organised by Christina Tunnah from World Nomads, Lauren Nicholl from AFAR Media and Erika Helstrom from Zephyr Adventures. More info on the SFBA group on Facebook.


August 13, 2009 12:00 amtoAugust 16, 2009 12:00 am

The 18th annual Book Passage Travel Writers and Photographers Conference runs from Thursday, August 13 through Sunday the 16th, 2009

“The 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 writing conference anywhere in the world.

Book Expo America

January 13, 2008 | Leave a Comment

May 29, 2008toJune 1, 2008

BEA 2008 will be at the Los Angeles Convention Center from May 29 – June 1. New for 2008:

  • New Title Bookstore — With over 1500 titles and 1000 authors and publishers — be sure not to miss it!
  • Expanded and comprehensive podcast program including industry events and streaming video. An interactive component to BEA to enhance and expand dissemination beyond the show dates — a BEA without walls!
  • and more….

Litquake 2008

January 10, 2008 | Leave a Comment

October 3, 2008 6:00 pmtoOctober 11, 2008 6:00 pm

“Pull out those shiny new dayplanners and mark them thus: Litquake 2008 begins on Friday, October 3, with a smashing tribute to another famed Bay Area author at the Herbst Theater. It will steamroll through the week with fabulous events and conclude as always with the Lit Crawl on Saturday, Oct. 11. Start breaking in those walking shoes now!”

January 3, 2008
12:30 pmto1:00 pm

I love Carla (no relation) King’s new brand, and I’ll bet her new show will be equally brilliant:

Carla writes, “For years and years many of you have been sending me emails headed Dear Miss Adventuring so I’ve finally taken you up on it and embraced the title. The Miss Adventuring Show on is the first step. It launches on Thursday January 3rd at 12:30 pm Pacific Time USA.”The goal of the show is to create a How-To Guide for a Fabulously Misadventurous Lifestyle. Contributing will be guests who are living inspiring, out-of-the-box, live-your-dreams kind of lives. They’re a varied lot, including writers, dancers, entrepreneurs, parents, boaters, bikers, artists, technologists . . . you never know who will turn up.

Jonesin’ for a WWW salon? No, it’s not your imagination: it probably has been awhile since you’ve attended.

From the Wild Writing Women, August 31, 2007: “Friends, all good things must come to an end, and our literary salon at the Monticello Inn has finished. The hotel has been sold and the new owners are remodeling. Our six years of Salon-dom provided us a great experience, and we hope you enjoyed it, too. Thanks for all your support and stay tuned for more adventures with the WWW.”

I hope they find a new venue soon!

Bay Area Travel Writers members meet the third Saturday of each month, in varying Bay Area locations, to hear speakers on topics such as writing, publishing, marketing, and new media; participate in guided tours of article-worthy venues; network and exchange ideas and information; and enjoy lunch together. Meetings begin at 10:00 a.m. Membership information is here.

Tales from Earth World Stories Radio features world music plus travel, essays, fiction, and poetry in the author’s own voice. Broadcasts are every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at KUSF 90.3 FM in San Francisco.

The Left Coast Writers Literary Salon meets the first Monday of each month at Book Passage in Corte Madera (LCW members only). Salons begin at 7 p.m. and feature an excellent roster of guest speakers on subjects such as writers groups, long and short fiction, publishing, writer-agent relationships and more. Left Coast Writers® was created in 2003 to support new and established writers in the production and promotion of their work in a stimulating atmosphere of creativity and community. For more information, email

Join Left Coast Writers on the second Monday of each month to hear members read from current works at the Ferry Plaza Book Passage. Readings begin at 6 p.m. and last about an hour, which leaves plenty of time for networking and a celebratory refreshment afterwards. For more information, email

California Writers Club

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California Writers Club membership open to published writers; associate membership open to those actively pursuing a career in writing. Marin branch meets monthly at Book Passage in Corte Madera, features a speaker or workshop, networking.

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