I started my career in local magazines-first San Francisco Focus, the city magazine, and then SF, a design mag at which I passed myself off as someone passionately interested in interior design. (This amused my family no end. They remembered my sitting on the new living room couch for six months before jumping up and saying, "Hey! We have new furniture!") All this time I was a fan of Jon Carroll, a columnist at the Chronicle. They said of Charles McCabe, the curmudgeon found dead in his apartment that Jon replaced, "The son of a bitch can write about anything." It was clear to me that Jon could do that too. In 1989 my turn came. I'd been publishing freelance humor pieces in their Sunday section, and the Chronicle offered me a column of my own, which I did twice a week for 12 years. I'm no longer there (they sent me to the Home and Garden section and I took the hint). I have published some ten books or so, including several collections of columns, and do a lot of teaching.
My work has appeared in Cosmopolitan, Reader's Digest, Parenting, Glamour, Redbook, Ladies' Home Journal, American Woman, Departures, Westways, American Way, Via, Fitness, Good Housekeeping, More and many other magazines and newspapers.
I founded a web 2.0 website called Matchwriters.Com, a place where aspiring writers can meet one another. It's endorsed by Amy Tan, Anne Lamott, Dorothy Allison, and Isabel Allende, among others.
1990: Associated Press, Best Columnist in California.
1997: Humor Columns for Newspapers over 100,000, National Society of Newspaper Columnists
1998: same outfit, first place, general interest columns.
1999: second place, commentary, American Association of Sunday and Feature editors contest, competing against papers with circulation over 300,000.
May 17, 2002 was declared Adair Lara Day in San Francisco by proclamation of Mayor Willie Brown
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