Start: 10:00 am
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Sat. Feb. 22 • 10:00-4:00 pm • $105 Character-driven—it’s one way to ensure that your writing is compelling. But how do you create characters that captivate a reader? Digging up all you’ll need to create characters that jump from the page can be as complicated as a covert operation. This workshop includes plenty of in-class exercises and amusing tips on craft. Linda Watanabe McFerrin is the founder of Left Coast Writers®. Her latest novel, Dead Love, a global supernatural thriller, was a Bram Stoker Award finalist. Class Credit: Participants in these classes may receive credit at Dominican University: bookpassage.com/dominican-credit
Start: 11:00 am
Until now, no book has addressed the unique concerns of those over 50 who are exploring or adopting a vegan diet. Never Too Late to Go Vegan ($15.95) fills that void. It explains the specific health benefits of a plant-rich vegan diet for those over 50, and how best to embark upon and maintain this way of eating. And it includes 75 delicious, easy vegan recipes to meet the changing nutritional needs that come with aging. The authors bring close to 75 years of vegan life experience to this book-and help readers prepare for and solve the many thorny issues that affect vegans over 50 (and that younger people do not face), including: how to manage the stress on relationships when lifelong patterns are changed; how your vegan lifestyle can affect socializing and retirement choices; how to handle friends and family who may expect to find favorite, familiar foods when visiting; and how to care for aging friends and family who are not vegan.Patti Breitman is an advocate for health and animals, a writer and an expert public speaker. She teaches vegetarian cooking classes in Marin County, Calif., where she also lives. Patti is the director of the Marin Vegetarian Education Group and a former food columnist for VegNews Magazine. Her writing is often published on VegSource.com. Patti is the coauthor (with Connie Hatch) of How to Say No Without Feeling Guilty and (with Carol J.Adams) of How To Eat Like a Vegetarian, Even If You Never Want to Be One.
Start: 4:00 pm
Inspired by debut author Natalie Baszile’s own life and family history, Queen Sugar ($27.95) is a mother-daughter story of reinvention—about an African American woman who inherits a sugarcane farm in Louisiana, and the new life and new family it brings together. Offering a rare glimpse into the little-known and complicated world of Louisiana sugarcane farming, Queen Sugar is a story of Southern wisdom, unexpected love and second chances. Queen Sugar is the story of Charley Bordelon, a recently widowed mother of an 11 year old girl struggling to get by in Los Angeles, whose late father leaves her her eight hundred acres of prime sugarcane land in Louisiana with the stipulation that she must farm it or lose it. No amount of planning can prepare Charley for a Louisiana that’s mired in the past: Cane farming is very much a white man’s business, and her grandmother, Miss Honey, is far thornier than she remembers. As the sweltering south Louisiana summer unfolds, a troubled brother threatens Charley’s cane operation with violence and theft, and she must struggle to balance the overwhelming challenges of her farm with the demands of a homesick daughter, a judgmental and unpredictable grandmother, and the startling desires of her own heart. When author Natalie Baszile’s father left Louisiana as a teenager in 1954, he vowed never to return. Everything about the south—from the brutal segregation to the weeds pushing through cracks in the sidewalk—repulsed him. He trained his eye on California and never looked back. Years later, his Southern Californian daughter Natalie had a different view and found herself drawn to the warmth of her Louisiana relatives, intrigued by the cast of characters who lived in her grandmother’s tiny town, and stories she’d heard about family secrets, rivalries and feuds. While writing this novel, she questioned her father extensively about her family history and made several trips back to the region, visiting with relatives and helping out during sugarcane harvesting season as part of her research for the book. Natalie Baszile has an M.A. in Afro-American Studies from UCLA and earned an M.F.A. at the Warren Wilson Program for Writers where she was a Holden Minority Scholar.