What's Happening In April

Dear posse!

Bay Area Book Festival

Bay Area Book Festival

I hope you’re all well!

Have you heard of the Bay Area Book Festival? It’s held each spring in Berkeley CA, a fun-packed gathering of authors and readers. You’ll hear famous and just-discovered authors (like me!)  That’s right…

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be speaking on a fabulous panel entitled ‘Writing the Hard Stuff’ with fellow award-winning authors Susan Burrowes and Francine Falk-Allen. The brilliant Brooke Warner will be our moderator. So, if you always wanted to write a memoir or just happen to like us, this is for you.(And it’s free!) Please join us as our guests on Saturday, May 4th at 10 am at the Shattuck Hotel.


Bay Area Book Festival


Other Cool Happenings:


1: Congratulations to Boot LanguageAudiobook Giveaway winners: Andrea, Jen, Margery, Renee and Terry!(So thrilled to share Nicol Zanzarella’s fabulous voice with you.)

2: Speaking of which… check out the latest Audiofile’s review of Boot Languagehttps://www.audiofilemagazine.com/reviews/read/155799/

3: Holy smokes! I’m flying to Chicago in a couple days for the IBPA Ben Franklin Awards! (I’m a finalist for Best New Voice – nonfiction.)

4: Please leave a review for Boot Language here!

(Thank you if you already did this task. I’m totally blowing you a kiss right now!)

What’s on my bedside table

Women's Writing on the First World War

Women’s Writing on the First World War

As I research writing style and vocabulary for my novel Driven, based on my grandmother’s life as an ambulance driver during the WWI, I have found this single anthology to bring her world to life. Using letters, diary entries, and essays this anthology demonstrates how the Great War was a catalyst for women writers, enabling them to find a public voice and to assert their own attitude to social and moral issues. Highly recommended!



Vanya is the award-winning author of Boot Language. She’s spent decades teaching writing as well as mentoring educators in the oldest, continuously used schoolhouse in California. Her essays have appeared in a dozen literary journals and anthologies. Find out more about Vanya at www.vanyaerickson.com.

The Great Tree Giveaway - Vanya Erickson
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