Member News

Laurie McAndish King will be speaking about Travel and Transformation in San Francisco on Friday, September 8th, at 5:30. “Travel has transformed me many times,” Laurie says, “and I’m honored to be speaking at the beautiful Metropolitan Club about a few of those experiences.” The $55 ticket includes a glass of wine, a gorgeous and delicious charcuterie/fruit buffet board, and an inspiring conversation about about the myriad ways in which travel—and travel literature—can be transformative.

Most of the attendees will be Metropolitan Club members, but there is limited room for non-members as well. If you’d like to attend please email Laurie about details.

Laurie also spoke with author Anita Gail Jones about her new book, The Peach Seed, available this summer from Henry Holt. Their conversation for The Women’s Eye included the ways in which diverse interests can enrich an author’s work; how Jones was able to maintain focus for the 16 years it took her to write, edit, and get the book published; and her very personal reason for writing this particular story. Jones also offers tips for writers.

Lara Kaylor is the proud new Publisher and Editor (aka “leaf-peeper-in-charge”) of California Fall Color and excited to share the leaf-peeping goodness around the state! Send emails to #fallcolors.

April Orcutt‘s story about the upcoming total solar eclipse was published, recently, on Read it here. AARP also published her story in Spanish. Read it here.

Ginger Dingus‘ review of the remodeled cruise ship Norwegian Spirit appears in the August 7 issue of TravelAge West. For the article, Ginger cruised to Alaska, one of her favorite and most visited destinations. Read the piece here.

Hawaii-based freelancer Natasha Bourlin shares tips on how to prevent plastic pollution in Hawaii, and beyond the Polynesian shores in her new SFGate piece. Read her piece about the overwhelming amount of plastic waste left by tourists here.

Diane Covington-Carter’s latest essay remembering Ernest Hemingway, appeared this summer in Idaho Magazine. Read it here. She also recently received a Gold Award from the Society of American Travel Writers, Western Chapter in the category of blogging/columns.

Lina Broydo has a new article, published in LaOferta, the #1 in the United States  English/Spanish bilingual publication. It will also be published in the Russian/English bilingual publication in No. CA; Bay Area Travel Writers website as well as on Lina Broydo TravelLina blog on Facebook. She also recently published an article on the 150th anniversary of San Francisco’s iconic cable cars. Read it here.

Mike Bernhardt has a feature in Hidden Compass – a piece he worked on for over a year. The Tides of War is about his wife Yvonne’s grandparents and what happened to them after they fled Nazi Germany, thinking they were safe. The story is also about a trip Mike and Yvonne made to the Isle of Man and Ireland, looking for traces of her grandparents’ lives. Read it here.

Ginny Prior and John Compisi have been covering winery destinations for fellow batw member/editor Jen Boden at Read Ginny’s latest piece here. Read John’s latest feature here.


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