Meetings: BATW Book Bonanza…and Beyond

We’ve got three online programs and an in-person meeting slated for the coming months, beginning with the April 14 Book Bonanza. Overseen by Laurie King, the program will feature insights into how some of our members’ books were published and offer tips on marketing. May brings us the illustrious Don George, who will cover the topic of how to enhance the chances of your article getting selected when submitted to contests or for awards. And June’s meeting is being led by BOD member Amy Sherman, who’ll speak to “responsible, sustainable, and regenerative travel.”

BATW’s first in-person meeting in over a year will be held on Sunday, June 13, 2021, at Jack London State Historic Park in Glen Ellen, Sonoma County. An email invitation and more information on this site will be coming soon.

BATW’s April Book Bonanza will feature PUBLISHING and MARKETING TIPS on topics like carving out your own niche, how to write about intimate moments, using Facebook to position your book, basics of Amazon advertising, creating an audio book, and more.

There will also be TRAVEL TRIVIA, plus a FREE BOOK for lucky winners from each of our 9 members who have published in the last year or so. Plan to join us April 14 from 5-6 p.m. Invitation is by email only. 

Presenters and books include:

Barrier-Free Travel; National Park Lodges for Wheelers and Slow Walkers. The perfect guide for a national park road trip, this title includes detailed access information and photos of 52 wheelchair-accessible national park lodges throughout the mainland US. Add in information about accessible tours, trails and scenic viewpoints and you have a comprehensive national park resource for wheelchair-users and slow walkers. Candy B. Harrington and Charles Pannell.

Barrier-Free Travel; Death Valley National Park for Wheelers and Slow Walkers. Part of Candy B. Harrington’s national park series, this access guide includes information and photos of wheelchair-accessible trails, attractions, restaurants and all in-park lodging options in Death Valley National Park. Fly-drive resources, accessible rental vans and accessible attractions in gateway cities are also included in this comprehensive resource. Candy B. Harrington and Charles Pannell

From teaching salsa at an orphanage in Albania, to dancing in a torture museum in Mexico, to braving an attempt at flamenco on a Parisian tabletop, Lisa Alpine’s Dance Life: Movin’ & Groovin’ Around the Globe toe-tapping tales will inspire you to follow the call of a wild life, leaving home with your passport in hand and your dance shoes stuffed into the suitcase. Order Dance Life (#3 in the Life Series) from Amazon $15.95, Audiobook $7.95, and Kindle $8.99.

Launched from Weehawken, NJ in the 1950s, I struck out on my own feminist pilgrimage, traveling, living, and loving around the world—from France to Afghanistan, Mongolia, and beyond. My book, Dancing on the Wine-Dark Sea: Memoir of a trailblazing woman’s travels, adventure, and romance is intended as an inspiration for women and entertainment for all. Coming this summer from Diane LeBow

An Elephant Ate My Arm: More true stories from a curious traveler features marvelous locations: a man-eating lake, the forest home of a three-eyed cannibal, the perfect site for watching eagle sex… Even better, these stories will get you thinking about free will, domestication, compressing time, rewriting history, and other intriguing concepts. Coming in April from Laurie McAndish King

Green Hills and Blue Lagoons: A Peace Corps Memoir by John Peniston is a reminiscence of life as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in the Fiji Islands, South Pacific, in 1968-69. John was a member of Fiji I, the first Peace Corps group in Fiji. These sketches describe the experiences of working and living in a remote area of Vanua Levu Island.

Inga Aksamit’s The Hungry Spork Trail Recipes is the perfect companion to The Hungry Spork: A Long Distance Hiker’s Guide to Meal Planning. You’ll find recipes and techniques to make delicious meals with international flavors in the backcountry using dry ingredients that can be rehydrated in hot water.

Intrigue, terrorism, history, art, and the secrets of the Church collide in David Perry’s relentless, page-turning thriller. Upon this Rock is “an elegant, twisty thriller in which a gay couple investigates a mysterious suicide in a scenic Italian hill town. It’s not hard to imagine that this book could do for Orvieto what Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil did for Savannah.” —Armistead Maupin, author of the internationally acclaimed Tales of the City

Why call the 32 women of Susan Alcorn’s Walk, Hike, Saunter: Seasoned Women Share Tales and Trails “Seasoned”?  It’s not just age (though all are 45 or better), not just experience, not just a passion for hiking — it’s also their zest for life. From each story, readers can gain motivation and learn important skills from these inspiring, interesting, and accomplished women hikers.



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