Start: 1:00 pm
In conversation with Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey As an emotionally under-nourished, overly-sensitive child, bestselling author and medical expert Karilee Shames’ young life was plagued with loneliness, emotional longing and misunderstanding. As she matured, she realized her experience was similar to that of so many other aspiring women. In college she pursued sociology, psychology, and child development, and read research on mechanisms of empowerment, including the tenets of Dr. Bandura, who called this “mastery modeling” approach the quickest route to improving our skills and achieving excellence.As a tribute to those who have helped to shape her life, Karilee has compiled the inspiring personal stories of women of our generation, and in so doing, shares a path of empowerment for women of all ages. In Amazing Mentors: The REAL Hot Mama’s Path to Power, readers will discover the difficulties overcome by women such as CA Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey, US Army General Clara Adams, Yoga Journal Co-Founder Rama Vernon and more.
Start: 4:00 pm
Jane Goldsmith’s debut novel Indian Winter ($18.95) is set on a struggling Montana ranch in 1970, where 14-year-old Winona dreams of escaping from the cruelty of her stepfather and the narrowness of her surroundings. When an unexpected discovery turns Win’s family upside down, the whole town must confront the consequences of their beliefs.
Start: 7:00 pm
Join friends and former students to celebrate the release of Don George 6.0! Legendary writer, editor, teacher, and perennial chair of our Travel Writers & Photographers Conference, Don has been a beloved member of the BP family since his first workshop here in 1988. We invite friends, students, and conference alumni up to the stage to share stories and laughs—with a celebratory toast to follow!
Start: 7:00 pm
Left Coast Writers Launch®Writing in the vein of S. E. Hinton’s The Outsiders, with an eco-warrior fierceness that recalls Erin Brockovich, debut author Corina Vacco presents My Chemical Mountain ($16.99), a powerful, mesmerizing, high-octane drama. Publisher’s Weekly describes this young adult novel as “Grim but impressive...lyrical prose and strong characters.”