Once in a while, we like to toot the Mediabistro horn. Especially when a local LA event doubles as a testimonial for the value of our educational offerings.
This Friday at Book Soup, Tiffany Hawk – an alumnus of Mediabistro’s Travel Writing Bootcamp (pictured) – will be reading from her new novel Love Me Anyway and doing a Q&A. She’s not serving coffee, tea or soda anymore, but she will be more than happy to sign your copy of her darkly comedic look at what it’s like to work for a commercial airline. From Friday’s event description:
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the airline industry, with all its glamour, loneliness and ever-present temptations. We’ll talk books, airplanes and travel. Come armed with every question you’ve ever wanted to ask your flight attendant. Enjoy wine and airline-style snacks while supplies last.
Hawk worked for United and Virgin America before seguing to freelance writing. And believe it or not, one of the many industry background details in the UCLA/UC Riverside grad’s book suggests that there is a secret code used by male flight attendants to indicate their sexual orientation. Apparently, a red tie and lace-up shoes very likely signifies an individual who still cannot get legally married in most flyover states.
[Photo courtesy Thomas Dunne Books]