Dec. 2, 2019, 7pm, Left Coast Writers salon

Michael Shapiro and Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Book Passage bookstore, 51 Tamal Vista, Corte Madera, Calif.

Creativity: how do we access it, nurture it, and sustain it? This question propelled journalist Michael Shapiro during more than a decade of interviewing many of the foremost creators of our time. In The Creative Spark, his just-published collection of conversations with Amy Tan, Smokey Robinson, Barbara Kingsolver, Lucinda Williams, Francis Ford Coppola, Lyle Lovett, David Sedaris and so many others, Shapiro reveals how these luminaries fire up their creativity and sustain it throughout their lives. Shapiro will appear in conversation with Linda Watanabe McFerrin, host of the Left Coast Writers salon and author of Navigating the Divide: Selected Poetry and Prose, a career-spanning, multi-genre collection. In profoundly personal poetry and prose, Watanabe McFerrin’s multi-faceted collection ranges from spiritual to physical, thought to desire. A renowned writing instructor, Linda will speak with Michael about the life-affirming force that is creativity.