WordsWest Literary Series presents Erica Bauermeister & Alan Chong Lau at C & P Coffee Co., located at 5612 California Ave. SW. Join us!
Erica Bauermeister is the bestselling author of four novels. Her most recent is The Scent Keeper (St. Martin’s May 2019), is a moving and evocative coming-of-age novel about childhood stories, families lost and found, and how a fragrance conjures memories capable of shaping the course of our lives. The School of Essential Ingredients (Putnam, 2009) follows the lives of eight students and their teacher in a cooking class held in a restaurant kitchen. Joy for Beginners(Putnam, June 2011) explores what happens to seven women who challenge one another to do one thing in the next year that is new or difficult or scary. The twist? – they don’t get to choose their own challenges. The Lost Art of Mixing picks up four of the characters from the belovedSchool of Essential Ingredients, one year later, and brings four new ones into the mix, becoming a series of interconnected stories about food and ritual and family, in all the ways we find it. Erica Bauermeister is also the co-author of two nonfiction books: 500 Great Books by Women: A Reader’s Guide and Let’s Hear It For the Girls: 375 Great Books for Readers 2-14. She lives in Seattle and loves to talk with book groups.
Poet and visual artist Alan Chong Lau grew up in Paradise, California, the son of Chinese parents. He earned his BA from the University of California-Santa Cruz. Lau’s collections of poetry include Songs for Jadina (1980), which won the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation; Blues and Greens: A Produce Worker’s Journal (2000); and no hurry (2007). With Lawson Fusao Inada and Garrett Hongo, he authored The Buddha Bandits Down Highway 99 (1978). His work has appeared in anthologies such as From Totems to Hip-Hop: A Multicultural Anthology of Poetry Across the Americas 1900–2002 (2002) and What Book!?: Buddha Poems from Beat to Hiphop (1998). Poems by Alan Chong Lau in collaboration with photos by John Levy will appear in three installments in the online literary magazine Otataedited by John Martone starting in May, 2019. A book of poems, prose and artwork about Japan by Alan Chong Lau will appear in 2020 to be published by local Seattle press, Entre Rios Books. Lau’s many honors and awards include fellowships from the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, Seattle Arts Commission, California Arts Council, and Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan. Arts editor for the International Examiner, Lau coordinates the Asian review of books Pacific Reader, and ArtXchange Gallery represents his visual work. He lives in Seattle, Washington.