2019 CWC SF Peninsula Branch Louise Boggess Award Recipient


Carole Bumpus

When I think of Carole, I think of energy. She’s been writing at quite a pace since retiring from being a family therapist. Her internationally acclaimed historical novel, A Cup of Redemption, was published 2014, followed by the companion cookbook in 2015. Her latest book, Searching for Family and Traditions at the French Table, Book One is coming in August and is the first of the Savoring the Olde Ways Series of culinary/travel memoirs, with the second due in August 2020 and the third in April 2021. She was an on-the-road journalist for the 65th and 70th anniversaries of WWII landings into France with 3rd Division of U.S. Infantry veterans in 2009 and 2014. She’s had several stories published in our branch anthology, Fault Zone.

Carole joined our branch in 2008 and she’s done so much for the CWC since then. She was Branch Treasurer from 2010-2015 and Branch President from 2015-2017.

But she didn’t stop with our branch! She’s been central—no pun intended—to the bigger mission of CWC, serving as Central Board Rep from 2010 to now and as CWC NorCal Rep from 2010 to now, including being chair since 2015. The state board recognized her service with the Jack London Award in 2015. And we are delighted to recognize her now. Because behind those titles and dates are specific activities and programs Carole has initiated that have helped make our writing community so much stronger over the years, like organizing a presence at LitQuake and the San Francisco Writers Conference, starting Writers Helping Writers, strengthening our connection to local libraries, and championing critique groups.

For all of that and more that I’ve probably overlooked, we are absolutely delighted to give Carole the Louise Boggess Award.


-Presented by Audrey Kalman and Bette Houtchins, June 15, 2019