READERS & WRITERS CALENDAR: JAN. 3-15, 2017

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Copyright 2017 by Sam Warren, Editor

Contributor: Laura Roberts, Editor, The Writer’s Life, SDW/EG

January 2, 2017 (San Diego) — This week’s edition includes a newsflash about a popular local bookstore closing its doors, appearances by prominent authors, classes and a local writer’s conference.

NEWS FLASH

UPSTART CROW BOOKSTORE located in Seaport Village is closing their door at the end of December after 35 years serving San Diego.

READERS

THEATER REVIEWS

www.sdTheatreReviews.com and www.sdtheatrescene.com

SAN DIEGO PUBLIC LIBRARY CALENDAR OF EVENTS

http://sdpl.bwcs-hosting.com/cal/main/showMain.rdo

KPBS ONE-BOOK CALENDAR

http://www.kpbs.org/one-book/

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January 3 (Tuesday, 7:00 pm)Jonathan Maberry and Kami Garcia sign The X-Files Origins: Devil's Advocate and The X-Files Origins: Agent of Chaos. Before the FBI, before the X-Files, they were just two teenagers in search of the truth. X-Files fans will be able to add a new chapter to Mulder and Scully’s story with The X-Files Origins series, a pair of YA novels about 15-year-old Dana Scully and 17-year-old Fox Mulder. Agent of Chaos and Devil’s Advocate are set in the spring of 1979, when serial murder, the occult, and government conspiracy were highlighted in the news. Mulder and Scully experience life-changing events that set them on the path to becoming the FBI agents. Acclaimed bestselling author Kami Garcia tells Mulder’s story in Agent of Chaos, and bestselling author and Renaissance man Jonathan Maberry tells Scully’s in Devil’s Advocate. IDW Publishing publishes both a series of X-Files prose anthologies, and comics, both continuing the original classic television show storyline, and telling tales of the Origins.

Mysterious Galaxy, 5943 Balboa Ave, Suite 100, San Diego. For additional information, go to http://www.mystgalaxy.com/ or call (858) 268-4747.

January 7 (Saturday, 2:00 pm) — The Galaxy offers New YA for the New Year with our Lost Girls launch party, which will include a trio of authors, cupcakes, swag, and raffle prizes! Novelist and magazine editor Merrie Destefano is best known to readers as the author of urban fantasies with elements of romance, mystery, danger and the supernatural. Her first print young adult work, Lost Girls revisits her enthusiasm for strong female protagonists who can fight their own battles. Party author Rachel Marks, author of Darkness Savage, enthused, “Lost Girls is full of mystery, meltable romance, and gritty magnetism. I seriously couldn’t put it down.” And see Constance’s review of Sara Wolf’s Love Me Never by clicking here.

Warwick's Books, 7812 Girard Ave, La Jolla (858) 454-0347,  http://www.warwicks.com.

January 9 (Monday, 7:30 pm) — Warwick's is hosting best-selling author Emeran Mayer on Monday, January 9th at 7:30pm to discuss and sign his new book The Mind-Gut Connection. Emeran Mayer—MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine at UCLA and Director of the Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience—is one of the leading scientists in the world advancing the idea that our microbiome and our brain are inextricably linked. For nearly 25 years, he has been the go-to researcher in the area of brain gut interactions, and his work has played a major role in the recent “gut” revolution.

The gut converses with the brain like no other organ. If you’ve ever felt queasy as you walked into an uncomfortable situation or based a life decision on a “gut feeling,” then you know that sometimes our bodies react faster and often wiser than our minds. Most of us have also experienced the same phenomenon in reverse, where our mental state has affected our digestive systems—the butterflies in our stomach before a first date, or the anxious rumbling we feel when we feel stressed out or upset. But while the dialogue between the mind and the gut has been recognized for centuries, until now Western medicine has not fully realized just how powerful and wide-reaching this connection is.

As Dr. Mayer explains, the connection between the mind and the gut is bidirectional: the gut talks to the brain and the brain talks to the gut every minute of our lives. One of the most intriguing aspects of this dialogue is the fact that the microbes living in our gut play a crucial role in it. When this communication channel is out of whack—due to diet, lifestyle, stress, excessive antibiotic use or illness—we experience mental and physical health issues including food sensitivities and allergies, digestive disorders, obesity, depression, panic disorders, anxiety, and fatigue. THE MIND-GUT CONNECTION teaches us how we can enjoy a happier mindset, reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression and often associated digestive symptoms, and even decrease our risk of developing neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

With simple, practical advice drawn from his vast clinical experience and the latest research, Dr. Mayer shows us that paying attention to the mind-gut balance is the key to unlocking optimal health.

Warwick's Books, 7812 Girard Ave, La Jolla (858) 454-0347,  http://www.warwicks.com.

January 11 (Wednesday, 7:30 pm) — Warwick's is hosting author and award-winning lyricist Carole Bayer Sager on Wednesday, January 11th at 7:30pm to discuss and sign her new book They're Playing Our Song. For five decades, Sager has been among the most admired and successful songwriters at work, responsible for her lyrical contributions to some of the most popular songs in the English language, including “Nobody Does It Better,” “A Groovy Kind of Love,” “Don’t Cry Out Loud,” and the theme from the movie Arthur, “The Best That You Can Do” (about getting caught between the moon and New York City). She has collaborated with (and written for) a dizzying number of stars, including Peter Allen, Ray Charles, Celine Dion, Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, Clint Eastwood, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Carole King, Melissa Manchester, Reba McEntire, Bette Midler, Dolly Parton, Carly Simon, Frank Sinatra, and Barbra Streisand.

For five decades, Sager has been among the most admired and successful songwriters at work, responsible for her lyrical contributions to some of the most popular songs in the English language, including “Nobody Does It Better,” “A Groovy Kind of Love,” “Don’t Cry Out Loud,” and the theme from the movie Arthur, “The Best That You Can Do” (about getting caught between the moon and New York City). She has collaborated with (and written for) a dizzying number of stars, including Peter Allen, Ray Charles, Celine Dion, Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, Clint Eastwood, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Carole King, Melissa Manchester, Reba McEntire, Bette Midler, Dolly Parton, Carly Simon, Frank Sinatra, and Barbra Streisand.

Her relationship with composer Marvin Hamlisch was the basis of the long-running hit musical They’re Playing Our Song, for which she wrote the lyrics. And her work with composer Burt Bacharach, to whom she was married for ten years, produced pop standards such as “On My Own” and “That’s What Friends Are For” (inspired by her friendship with Elizabeth Taylor), which raised over two million dollars for AIDS research.

But while her professional life was filled with success and fascinating people, her personal life was far more difficult and dramatic. In They're Playing Our Song, Sager tells the surprisingly frank and darkly humorous story of a woman whose sometimes crippling fears and devastating relationships inspired many of the songs she would ultimately write. Witty, candid, and observant, Sager traces her life’s trajectory from a frightened and insecure woman trying to find her way to an accomplished artist confident in her own achievements. The book represents her journey from darkness to light, written in part to give others who are struggling hope.

“I look back now and see all the times that something outside of myself became the only thing that made me feel alive—when I was so hungry to do more, accomplish more, or when I thought the person I was with made me feel like more. Today there is nothing outside myself I covet,” she writes. “I’ve learned that external validation is like cotton candy. As you taste it, it bursts into nothing.”

They're Playing Our Song will fascinate anyone interested in the craft of songwriting and the joy of collaboration, but Carole Bayer Sager’s memoir is also a deeply personal account of how love and heartbreak made her the woman, and the writer, she is.

Warwick's Books, 7812 Girard Ave, La Jolla (858) 454-0347,  http://www.warwicks.com.

January 12 (Thursday) — Bestselling Author of The Sandcastle Girls and The Guest Room, Chris Bohjalian will be discussing & signing The Sleep Walker.  From the New York Times bestselling author of The Guest Room comes a spine-tingling novel of lies buried desire. A mesmerizing story of a wife and mother who vanishes from her bed late one night. When Annalee Ahlberg goes missing, her children fear the worst. Conjuring the strange and mysterious world of parasomnia, a place somewhere between dreaming and wakefulness, The Sleepwalker is a masterful novel from one of our most treasured storytellers.

Warwick's Books, 7812 Girard Ave, La Jolla (858) 454-0347,  http://www.warwicks.com.

January 13 (Friday, 12:30 pm) — Adventures by the Book™ is pleased to present A Ronald McDonald Charitable Adventure with acclaimed journalist & author, Lisa Napoli at the The Ronald McDonald House, 2929 Children’s Way, San Diego, CA 92123. The event is ticketed at $35 per person (including a donation to the R.McD. House) and is open to the public.

Join us where we will enjoy an afternoon of inspiration over lunch and a tour of the Ronald McDonald House in San Diego. Lisa’s book, Ray & Joan: The Man Who Made the McDonald’s Fortune and the Woman Who Gave It All Away dives into the untold story of Joan B. Kroc, a woman who gave billions to her philanthropic pursuits, including the Ronald McDonald Houses.

About the Author: In her three decades as a journalist, Lisa Napoli, worked for The New York Times, MSNBC, the public radio show Marketplace, and a variety of other outlets. She’s covered everything from presidential campaigns, to hacker conventions and a hostage standoff, to the dawn of the World Wide Web. Her first book, Radio Shangri-La, is about the impact of media culture on the mysterious Kingdom of Bhutan, where she was invited to help start a radio station at the dawn of democratic rule.

For additional information regarding the event, please contact Susan McBeth at (619) 300-2532 or at susan@adventuresbythebook.com.

January 14 (Saturday, 12:00 pm) — As part of our ongoing Weekend with Locals Program we will be hosting a story time and signing with Bridget Burton, author of Annie Kai Lani Kai Lou: Kauai’s Beloved Pup.

Warwick's Books, 7812 Girard Ave, La Jolla (858) 454-0347,  http://www.warwicks.com.

January 14 (Saturday, 12:00 pm) — As part of our ongoing Weekend with Locals Program we will be hosting a story time and signing with Bridget Burton, author of Annie Kai Lani Kai Lou: Kauai’s Beloved Pup.

Warwick's Books, 7812 Girard Ave, La Jolla (858) 454-0347,  http://www.warwicks.com.

BOOKS BY OLIN THOMPSON

Local author Olin Thompson has written over 20 exciting adventure books in hardback and eBooks including police procedural, crime, mystery, western and military. They can be ordered through Amazon or at: http://olin-thompson.com/books.html.

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WRITERS

Workshops, Classes, Seminars, Book Festivals,

Contests, Workshops, Classes, Seminars, Book Festivals,

Contests and Authors Exhibits

http://SDWriteWay.org

(The website is temporarily off line while being reconstructed)

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SAN DIEGO WRITERS INC CLASSES

Go to: http://www.sandiegowriters.org for a complete list of all the classes & Events for Writers Ink.

OASIS CLASSES

For additional information go to https://www.oasisnet.org/San-Diego-CA/Classes.

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January 8 (Sunday, 12:00pm to 3:00 pm) — The Writers Coffeehouse is open to everyone. The Coffeehouse is a bunch of writers sitting around talking about writing … with coffee. No agenda … just chat about the latest trends in the industry, about the craft of writing, about markets, about pitching and selling, about conquering frustration and defeating writers block, and about all of the good things that come from the community of writers. No previous publishing experience necessary … the Writers Coffeehouse attracts everyone from absolute beginner to award-winners and bestsellers. We're all writers. The Coffeehouse will be a regular event that meets on the first Sunday of every month from noon to 3:00 pm. And join the free Message Board online: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/WritersCoffeehouseOnline/info

Mysterious Galaxy, 5943 Balboa Ave, Suite 100, San Diego. For additional information, go to http://www.mystgalaxy.com/ or call (858) 268-4747.

January 20-22, 2017 — The 33rd Annual SDSU Writers' Conference. A buzz of energy and camaraderie, expert insights on the craft and the business, and 1:1 access to top-tier publishing professionals are just some of what you can expect at the SDSU Writers' Conference. As 2016 presenter and international best-selling author Alexandra Sokoloff observed, "I have never seen such a good lineup of agents outside of New York."

Keynote speakers:

♦ R.L. Stine – One of the best-selling children's authors in history

♦ J.A. Jance – Top 10 New York Times best-selling author

♦ Jonathan Maberry – Best-selling author and five-time Bram Stoker Award-winner

♦ Sherrilyn Kenyon – International and New York Times #1 best-selling author of fantasy, horror, and more

To register go to: www.ces.sdsu.edu/writers.  If you are interested in being considered as a speaker, please complete the speaker interest form. Email questions to: sdsuwritersconference@gmail.com.

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