READERS & WRITERS CALENDAR: JANUARY 23-FEBRUARY 5, 2017

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Copyright 2017 by Sam Warren, Editor

January 22, 2017 (San Diego) – Whether you’re looking to find some great reads, meet the authors, or learn how to write the great American novel yourself, you’ll find a wealth of literary happenings in Sam Warren’s Reader’s and Writer’s Calendar. 

READERS

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KPBS ONE-BOOK CALENDAR

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January 23 (Monday, 7:30 pm) — Warwick's is hosting best-selling author Sheila Kohler to discuss and sign her new book Once We Were Sisters. Sheila Kohler was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is the author of fourteen works of fiction including the novels Dreaming for Freud, Becoming Jane Eyre, and Cracks, which was nominated for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and made into a film starring Eva Green. Her work has been featured in the New York Times and O Magazine and included in the Best American Short Stories. She has twice won an O'Henry Prize, as well as an Open Fiction Award, a Willa Cather Prize, and a Smart Family Foundation Prize. She teaches at Princeton University and lives in New York City.

Read More at: http://www.warwicks.com/event/sheila-kohler-2017

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

January 24 (Tuesday, 7:30 pm) — Warwick's is hosting author Steph Jagger to discuss and sign her new book Unbound. Steph Jagger splits her time between Southern California and British Columbia where she dreams big dreams, writes her heart out, and runs an executive & life coaching practice. She holds a CEC (certified Executive Coach) degree from Royal Roads University and she believes courageous living doesn't happen with one toe dangling in, but that we jump in, fully submerge, and sit in the juice. Think pickle,

Read More at: http://www.warwicks.com/event/steph-jagger-2017

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

January 24 (Tuesday, 30 pm) — Executive & Life Coach Steph Jagger will sign Unbound.  Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you lived another kind of life? In Unbound, Steph finds herself dissatisfied after having worked her way up the corporate ladder. She was accomplished. She was living "The Dream." But was it her dream? For the next year, she follows winter across five continents on a mission to break the world record for most vertical feet skied in a year. From the mountains of North and South America to Asia, Europe, and New Zealand, Steph stretches herself to the physical, and emotional limit in some of the most beautiful places on Earth and winds up breaking a world record in the midst of it all. Her emotional story of courage and self-discovery will inspire readers to set out to find their best selves.

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

January 25 (Wednesday, 7:30 pm) — Bestselling Author and Former British Police Inspector Clare Mackintosh will discuss and sign I Let You Go. On a rainy afternoon, a mother's life is shattered as her son slips from her grip and runs into the street . . . I Let You Go follows Jenna Gray as she moves to a ramshackle cottage on the remote Welsh coast, trying to escape the memory of the car accident that plays again and again in her mind and desperate to heal from the loss of her child and the rest of her painful past. At the same time, the novel tracks the pair of Bristol police investigators trying to get to the bottom of this hit-and-run. As they chase down one hopeless lead after another, they find themselves as drawn to each other as they are to the frustrating, twist-filled case before them.

Contact marylee@warwicks.com for reservations and call (858) 454-0347 for reserved seating. Reserved seats will also receive a galley of Clare's new book, I See You while supplies last.

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

January 27 (Friday, 12:00 pm) — Adventures by the Book™ is pleased to present a Perfect Horse Luncheon. Adventure with #1 New York Times bestselling author, Elizabeth Letts at Luna Rossa Ristorante, 550 Deep Valley Dr., Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274. This event is ticketed ($40-$48 per person) and is open to the public.

About the Event: We are excited to announce that with this remarkable event Adventures by the Book has expanded to the Palos Verdes area! Our Perfect Horse Luncheon Adventure will take you away on an afternoon of literary delight with New York Times #1 bestselling author, Elizabeth Letts. In her new book, The Perfect Horse, Letts has written an incredible, ground breaking story that brings to light a story of heroism overlooked for decades, much like she did with her beloved first novel and #1 Bestseller, The Eighty Dollar Champion. A compelling account for animal lovers and World War II buffs alike, this novel tells for the first time the full story of the horses seized by Hitler to create an equine war machine. Over a delicious meal we will discuss Letts’ magnificent second novel and where she got the inspiration for this exhilarating tale of behind-enemy-lines adventure, courage, and sacrifice that brings to life one of the most inspiring chapters in the annals of human valor.

About the Speaker: Elizabeth Letts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Eighty-Dollar Champion, winner of the 2012 Daniel P. Lenehan Award for Media Excellence from the United States Equestrian Foundation. A lifelong equestrian herself, Letts is a graduate H-A from Rolling Hills Pony Club (California). As a teen she represented Area VI (California and Hawaii) in the North American Junior Three-Day Eventing Championships.

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

January 27 (Sunday, 2:30 pm) — Adventures by the Book™ is pleased present The Someday Birds Launch Adventure with debut author, Sally J. Pla at the San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center, 2710 Manchester Ave., Cardiff-by-the-Sea.

About the Event: Join us for a unique book launch of The Someday Birds at the San Elijo Nature Center. Over appetizers and refreshments, we will gather to celebrate the release of this remarkable novel, which Sally describes as her “own neurodiverse heart-gift to kids who are different, kids put in tough situations, kids dragged into journeys they don’t want. It’s about self-acceptance, about learning how to feel more at ease in the world.”

Prior to the 2:30 pm Reception, readers will have the opportunity to participate join us on a bird watching walk led by a member of the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy, where we will stroll around the beautiful San Elijo Lagoon looking for the many diverse species of birds.

Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to get out in nature, support a wonderful debut author, and be one of the first to get your hands on The Someday Birds, a young adult novel that you will be recommending to all ages.

About the Author: Sally J. Pla has been a desk clerk at a creaky old hotel, a very forgetful waitress, and a terrible back-up singer for a local band. But she’s always loved writing the best. She has worked as a business journalist and in public education. She has three sons, a husband, and an enormous, fluffy dog, and lives near lots of lemon trees in Southern California. The Someday Birds is her first novel.

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

January 27 (Friday, 7:30 pm)David Brin and Stephen W. Potts sign Chasing Shadows: Visions of Our Coming Transparent World, a collection of stories and essays that examine whether privacy still exists in a world where the internet plays such a prominent role in our social interactions. When technology influences, and perhaps watches, our every move, will privacy become a thing of the past or will its definition change? Brin and Potts edited this thought-provoking book in collaboration with the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination. Be on the lookout for the appearance of surprise contributors.

Read More at: http://www.mystgalaxy.com/event/david-brin-and-stephen-w-potts-sign-san-diego

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

January 28 (Saturday, 2:00 pm) — The La Jolla Riford Library is hosting coral reef ecologist and author Marah Hardt to discuss and sign her book, Sex in the Sea. Dr. Marah J. Hardt is Research Co-Director for the non-profit Future of Fish. A coral reef ecologist by training, she is a former research fellow at Blue Ocean Institute. She has written for Scientific American, The American Prospect, and Scuba Diver Magazine, among other publications. She currently embraces life as a mermaid in the mountains of Boulder, CO. Event will be held at the La Jolla Riford Library, 7555 Draper Avenue, 92037. Read More at: http://www.warwicks.com/event/marah-hardt-2017

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

January 28 (Saturday, 2:00 pm) — Adventures by the Book™ is pleased to partner with the Carlsbad City Library for a Hollywood Panel Free Library Adventure with authors, Susan Meissner, Suzanne Redfearn, and Anne Girard at the Carlsbad City Library, 1775 Dove Ln., Carlsbad.

About the Event: Each of these three authors has written their own enchanting novel set in the illustrious world of Hollywood. The stars and glam of Los Angeles have enticed the public for decades, creating the perfect setting for unforgettable characters and page turning drama. In their books Susan, Suzanne, and Anne each draw on characters from history and the scandal & danger of the Hollywood lifestyle.

Join us on this Free Library Adventure for a discussion with these three authors on how they took inspiration from the same illicit stardom and draw of Hollywood, but also how they each crafted their own unique tale with that inspiration: from Jean Harlow to the set of Gone with the Wind to the dangers of child stardom.

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

January 28 (Saturday, 11:00 am) — The Friends of the Cerritos Library will host the 13th Mystery on the Menu luncheon. The 15 award-winning authors participating in panel discussions and book signings are Jill Amadio, Connie Archer, Marcia Clark, Dianne Emley, Betty Hechtman, Naomi Hirahara, Linda O. Johnston, Karen Keskinen, D.P. Lyle, Christopher Lynch, Paul D. Marks, David Putnam, Nancy Cole Silverman, Patricia Smiley and Mike Befeler. Copies of books by these authors will be available for purchase at the event. Admission is $50 per person. Register early, as seating is limited. Contact Janice Dawson at (562) 924-2474 for more information.

Read More at: http://www.mystgalaxy.com/event/mystery-menu-cerritos

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

January 28 (Saturday, 2:00 pm)Dr. Janina Scarlet, a licensed clinical psychologist and a (mad?) scientist, intending to take over the world with geek culture and compassion, is the mastermind behind Superhero Therapy. Superhero Therapy refers to incorporating characters from geek culture. Dr. Scarlet and fellow contributors Dr. Billy San Juan, Jenna Busch, and Alan Kistler have presented their analysis at Comic-Con and other cons, The Mary Sue, on the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast, and more. Works include Game of Thrones Psychology: The Mind is Dark and Full of Terrors, Captain America vs. Iron Man: Freedom, Security, Psychology, and Doctor Who Psychology: A Madman with a Box.

Read More at: http://www.mystgalaxy.com/event/pop-psychology-event

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

January 29 (Sunday, 12:00 pm) — As part of our ongoing Weekend with Locals Program we will be hosting Rachel Krentzman, author of Yoga for a Happy Back: A Teacher's Guide to Spinal Health Through Yoga Therapy.

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

February 1 (Wednesday, 7:30 pm) — Publishers Weekly on bestseller April Smith’s Home Sweet Home: “Smith’s terrific new novel opens with a brutal 1985 attack on a family in a small South Dakota town, then flashes back to 1950 when the husband (a WWII pilot) and his wife first left New York City with their two small children for a new life in Rapid City, Iowa. … Smith illuminates the force of McCarthyism-generated fear in the Midwest and effectively personalizes it through the persecution the Kusak family endures for their liberal beliefs. The author also skillfully ties together the two time periods, avoiding melodrama.”

Read More: http://www.mystgalaxy.com/event/april-smith-signs-san-diego

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

February 1 (Wednesday, 7:30 pm) — Warwick's is hosting best-selling author Dr. Ron Epstein to discuss and sign his new book Attending: Medicine Mindfulness and Humanity. Dr. Ronald Epstein is a Professor of Family Medicine, Psychiatry, and Oncology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, where he directs Mindful Practice programs, the Center for Communication and Disparities Research, and the Dean's Teaching Fellowship program. His landmark article, Mindful Practice, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1999, has revolutionized physicians view of their work, and his writings are required at over a third of medical schools in the US. Dr. Epstein has been named one of America's Best Doctors every year since 1998 by US News and World Report.

Read More: http://www.warwicks.com/event/ron-epstein-2017

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

February 2 (Thursday, 7:30 pm) — Warwick's is hosting author Brunonia Barry to discuss and sign her novel, The Fifth Petal. Brunonia Barry is the New York Times and international bestselling author of The Lace Reader and The Map of True Places. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She was the first American author to win the International Women's Fiction Festival's Baccante Award and was a past recipient of Ragdale Artists Colony's Strnad Invitational Fellowship as well as the winner of New England Book Festival's award for Best Fiction. Her reviews and articles on writing have appeared in the London Times and the Washington Post, and the Huffington Post. Brunonia co-chairs the Salem Athenaeum's Writers Committee. She lives in Salem with her husband Gary Ward and their dog, Angel. Gary and Bru are the organizers of the Salem Literary Festival.

When a teenage boy dies suspiciously on Halloween night, Salem's chief of police, John Rafferty, now married to gifted lace reader Towner Whitney, wonders if there is a connection between his death and Salem's most notorious cold case, a triple homicide dubbed "The Goddess Murders," in which three young women, all descended from accused Salem witches, were slashed on Halloween night in 1989. He finds unexpected help in Callie Cahill, the daughter of one of the victims newly returned to town. Neither believes that the main suspect, Rose Whelan, respected local historian, is guilty of murder or witchcraft. But exonerating Rose might mean crossing paths with a dangerous force. Were the women victims of an all-too-human vengeance, or was the devil raised in Salem that night? And if they cannot discover what truly happened, will evil rise again?

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

February 3 (Friday, 7:30 pm)Jeffrey Siger’s eighth mystery featuring Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis, Santorini Caesars sends Kaldis to the beautiful Cycladic island of Santorini. Kaldis investigates the potentially politically-connected savage black sheep daughter of a high-ranking Greek military officer. Jeff is an American living on the Aegean Greek island of Mykonos. His novels are “aimed at exploring serious societal issues confronting modern day Greece in a tell-it-like-it-is style while touching upon the country’s ancient roots.”

Read More: http://www.mystgalaxy.com/event/jeffrey-siger-signs-san-diego

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

February 4 (Saturday, 2:00 pm) — Southern California readers are invited to join Mysterious Galaxy’s launch party for Nowhere Near You, the sophomore novel from local YA author Leah Thomas. Ollie and Moritz, who became correspondents in Leah’s Indies Introduce Pick debut, Because You’ll Never Meet Me, return. (Leah is a familiar figure at local conventions, known for her superlative cosplay, a Clarion graduate, and supporter of new writers.

Read More: http://www.mystgalaxy.com/event/leah-thomas-signs-san-diego

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

February 5 (Sunday, 12:00 pm) — As part of our ongoing Weekend with Locals Program we will be hosting Rocco Versaci, author of That Hidden Road: A Memoir.

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 23 (Monday, 6:30 pm)Monthly meeting if the San Diego Writers/Editors Guild. Christina Alexandra is a romance writer from Southern California. Always on the lookout for an adventure, she has worked and volunteered at many different jobs including both medical and veterinary offices, music teacher, law enforcement instructor, service dog puppy raiser, emergency grief counselor, coroner’s assistant and, currently, an emergency services operator.

Christina writes stories set in Georgian and Regency England and credits her varied experiences as the foundation from which she builds true-to-life characters and emotional stories with a unique twist on modern issues. When not researching, writing or working, Christina spends her spare time travelling, cooking – oftentimes with a historical flare – and staying active on social media. Find out more about Christina on her website, www.christinaalexandra.net.

A Marketing Support Group meets at 5:30 pm before the regular meeting. Anyone interested in sharing or learning about marketing tips is welcome to attend.

We usually meet 6:30 pm on the fourth Monday of the month at the San Diego County Health Services Center, 3851 Rosecrans, San Diego, CA 92110. For additional information go to: www.SDWritersGuild.org.

January 25 (Wednesday, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm) — San Diego Press Club speed pitching event. PR pros or freelancers are invited to pitch story angles in 2 minutes or less to a select group of media professionals at San Diego Press Club’s annual Speed Pitching event. This is a free event open to San Diego Press Club members. Space is limited to 20 participants. Where: Westminster Manor, 1730 Third Ave, San Diego, CA 92101. RSVP: Terry at sdpressclub@cox.net

January 28, (Saturday, 10:00 am until 12:30 pm) — The Publishers and Writers of San Diego’s next meeting will be at the Carlsbad Dove Library, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad. Their Speaker is Leann Garms, the founder of BBL Publishing. She'll be discussing PR, Press Kits & Publicity: How to Create Buzz for Your Book.

The January newsletter: http://publisherswriters.org/

February 2 (Thursday, 6:00 to 8:00 pm) Resume workshop. Please join the San Diego chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for a resume workshop. College students can have their resumes reviewed by professionals in the San Diego journalism market, on campus at San Diego State University, hosted by School of Journalism & Media Studies, located in the Professional Studies and Fine Arts Building (PSFA), Room 358. Cost: Free (even free pizza!).

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/san-diego-society-of-professional-journalists-resume-workshop-tickets-30907589432

February 4 (Saturday, 2:30 pm) — San Diego Memoir Writers Association first meeting is at San Diego Writers Ink, Liberty Station Barracks 16, 2730 Historic Decatur Rd #202, San Diego. Join your writing tribe, learn the craft and business of memoir, get inspired.   Our first amazing speaker is Traci Foust, author of Nowhere Near Normal, A Memoir of OCD. Traci will talk on Traditional Publishing and Hardcore Memoir Writing. Wine and Cheese Reception to Follow

For more information, email Marni at: Marnifreedman18@gmail.com

TIJUANA

Sam lives in Tijuana and is writing at booklet, Day Trippers Guide to Tijuana, has a guest house available to writers and readers who want to get away on a budget. He is bored and so will give free tours of the city for just expenses. Email Sambookwarren@yahoo.com.

Please send all notices to: SDWriteWay@gmail.com with Month, Date, Weekday, and time first. Deadline is Friday midnight. Send us your address if you wish to receive a copy of this weekly eZine.