Smiley's Schooner Saloon & Hotel rooms $84-$94. 41 Wharf (at Brighton), Bolinas, 868-1311, www.coastalpost.com/smileys.
Bolinas Book Exchange 22 Brighton (at Wharf), Bolinas.
Whale Watch Inn, rooms $180-$300, 35100 Highway 1 (at Ohlson), Gualala/Anchor Bay, 800-942-5342, www.whalewatchinn.com.
Gualala Arts Center 46501 Gualala (at Old Stage), Gualala, 707 884-1138, www.gualalaarts.org.
Four-Eyed Frog Books Cypress Village, 39138 Ocean (at Cypress), Gualala, 707-884-1333, www.foureyedfrog.com.
Hill House Inn rooms $150-$300, 10701 Palette (at Lansing), Mendocino, 800-422-0554, www.hillhouseinn.com.
Blair House rooms $100-$210, 45110 Little Lake (at Highway 1), Mendocino, 707-937-1800, www.blairhouse.com.
Gallery Bookshop 45098 Main (at Kasten), Mendocino, 707-937-2665, www.gallerybooks.com.
Mendocino Headlands State ParkLake and Heeser, Mendocino, 707-937-5804, www.parks.ca.gov.
48th annual Art in the Redwoods Festival, Gualala Arts Center: August 13-16, featuring a fine-art exhibit, vendor booths, live music from Kronos Quartet, and a quilt raffle. www.gualalaarts.org.
Mendocino Writers Conference, College of the Redwoods, 1211 Del Mar (at Ocean View), Fort Bragg: July 30-Aug. 2; workshops, readings, and lectures for poetry, fiction, children's lit, memoir, and more; www.mcwc.org.
Richard Brautigan, In Watermelon Sugar (1968)
Anne Lamott, Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith (2007) and Hard Laughter (1980)
On the Mesa: An Anthology of Bolinas Writing (1971)
Ann Packer, Mendocino and Other Stories (2003)
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