READERS & WRITERS CALENDAR MAY 6-20

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Copyright 2018 by Sam Warren

May 5, 2018 (San Diego) – “There's many a bestseller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964)

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READERS

May 6 (Sunday, 2:00 p.m.) — Eminent ecologist Jeremy B.C. Jackson and award-winning journalist Steve Chapple will discuss their timely new book Breakpoint: Reckoning with America’s Environmental Crises at D.G. Wills Books, 7461 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, 858-456-1800, www.dgwillsbooks.com.

Breakpoint provides an insightful look at the American environmental crisis and emerging solutions from the heartland to the coasts in the era of global climate change. Jeremy B. C. Jackson and Steve Chapple traveled the length of the Mississippi River interviewing farmers, fishermen, scientists, and policymakers to better understand the mounting environmental problems ravaging the United States. Along their journey, which quickly expands to California, Florida, and New York, the pair uncovered surprising and profound connections between ecological systems and environmental crises across the country.

May 8 (Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.)Raymond E. Feist signs King of Ashes: Book One of the Firemane Saga (War of the Five Crowns) (Hardcover). The first volume in legendary master and New York Times bestselling author Raymond E. Feist's epic heroic fantasy series, The Firemane Saga – an electrifying tale of two young men whose choices will determine a world's destiny.

Additional information: https://www.mystgalaxy.com/book/9780061468452

Mysterious Galaxy, 5943 Balboa Ave, Suite 100, San Diego, CA: (858) 268-4747. http://www.mystgalaxy.com/

May 9 (Wednesday, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.)Baja’s Wild Side: Shark Research and Conservation. Photography in Baja California. Marine biologist Dr. Daniel Cartamil has traveled the Pacific coast of Baja California for over a decade, studying the region’s sharks and shark fisheries.

Cost: $5 for public; free for Aquarium members, seniors age 62 and up, teachers, and students with valid ID and advanced reservations. You can purchase tickets online for this lecture. RSVP: (562) 590-3100.

View past lecture videos: http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/multimedia/lecture_archive

May 9 (Wednesday, 4:30 p.m.)UC San Diego's New Writing Series is pleased to announce a reading from Layli Long Soldier. The reading will take place in the Seuss Room at Geisel Library. For more information and directions:

http://literature.ucsd.edu/news-events/new-writing-series/nws-spring2018.html

May 10 (Thursday, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.) — Join Diana Lindsay at the Sierra Club Santa Margarita Group meeting for a lecture covering Coast to Cactus: The Canyoneer Trail Guide to San Diego Outdoors.

At the Temecula Public Library, 30600 Pauba Rd, Temecula. Phone: (951) 693-8900.

May 10 (Thursday, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.)Kumeyaay Ethnobotany explores the remarkable interdependence between native peoples and native plants of the Californias through in-depth descriptions of 47 native plants and their uses, lively narratives, and hundreds of vivid photographs. It connects the archaeological and historical record with living cultures and native plant specialists who share their ever-relevant wisdom for future generations by anthropologist Michael Wilken-Robertson, whose advocacy and applied research have allowed him to develop lifelong friendships with many Native Baja Californians and to collaborate in cultural revitalization efforts.

At the Del Mar Library, 1309 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar. (858) 755-1666. Website: www.sdcl.org

May 10 (Thursday, 7:30 p.m.) — Warwick's will host Paula McLain to discuss and sign her new novel Love and Ruin. Paula McLain is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Circling the Sun, The Paris Wife, and A Ticket to Ride, the memoir Like Family: Growing Up in Other People's Houses, and two collections of poetry.

In 1937, twenty-eight-year-old Martha Gellhorn travels alone to Madrid to report on the atrocities of the Spanish Civil War and becomes drawn to the stories of ordinary people caught in the devastating conflict.

Additional information: http://www.warwicks.com/event/paula-mclain-2018

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

May 10 (Thursday, 7:00 p.m.) — Things We Haven't Said Panel, with Larena Patrick, Laura Kelly, and Shanyn Kay. Things We Haven’t Said: Sexual Violence Survivors Speak Out is a powerful and timely nonfiction anthology addressing sexual violence toward children and adolescents. Join three of the contributors to this book – Laura H Kelly, Shanyn Kay, and Larena Patrick – as well as representatives from Center for Community Solutions (San Diego’s Rape Crisis Center) and the Voices and Faces Project, for a lively discussion about recovery, stigma, and their hopes for the future.

Additional information: https://www.mystgalaxy.com/ThingsWeHaventSaid052018

Mysterious Galaxy, 5943 Balboa Ave, Suite 100, San Diego, CA: (858) 268-4747. http://www.mystgalaxy.com/

May 12 (Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)Mysterious Galaxy Birthday Bash. As of May 8, Mysterious Galaxy has achieved 25 years of Martians, murder, magic, mayhem and more through curation and community. When we opened our doors to readers in 1993, it was to a different world. We opened in a building in Clairemont Square that no longer exists. No one was on the internet per se (except for futurecasters like Vernor Vinge). There was no Harry Potter. The Los Angeles Times had not held an annual Festival of Books. Approximately 22,000 people attended Comic-Con the previous summer (at which Vernor was a guest of honor). Mobile phones existed, but not smartphones. Urban fantasy had yet to establish itself as a significant sub-genre. Looking back from 2018, that time seems simultaneously both unfathomably distant, and just moments ago. This adventure has been marked along the way by the thousands of books inscribed by authors, passionate recommendations to readers, and support from family, friends, and publishing partners, near and far, but especially the Mysterious Galaxy booksellers who share the magic of books every day with our loyal readers. We wouldn’t be here without you. – Maryelizabeth

Additional information: https://www.mystgalaxy.com/event/mysterious-galaxy-birthday-bash-0

Mysterious Galaxy, 5943 Balboa Ave, Suite 100, San Diego, CA: (858) 268-4747. http://www.mystgalaxy.com/

May 13 (Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) — This MOTHER'S DAY we are celebrating with a selection bookseller Kim's Mommie Dearest Picks! for some great mysteries and thrillers.

Mysterious Galaxy, 5943 Balboa Ave, Suite 100, San Diego, CA: (858) 268-4747. http://www.mystgalaxy.com/

May 14 (Monday, 7:30 p.m.)Devri Walls signs Venators: Magic Unleashed.

Devri Walls is an international best-selling author. She lives in Meridian, Idaho with her husband, two children and one adorable little mutt. Writing in all things fantasy, she would do just about anything for a working magic wand.

The dark unknown beckons. Rune Jenkins has a long-standing infatuation for anything from the supernatural world, and she's trying to hide it. If she doesn't, her reckless twin brother Ryker storms in fits of rage, and she starts feeling like her own sanity is slipping.

Additional information: https://www.mystgalaxy.com/Walls052018

Mysterious Galaxy, 5943 Balboa Ave, Suite 100, San Diego, CA: (858) 268-4747. http://www.mystgalaxy.com/

May 15 (Tuesday, 11:00 a.m.) — Jon us for Storytime and enjoy spring stories and a craft!

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

May 15 (Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.) — Warwick's will host Sebastian Abbot to discuss and sign his new book The Away Game. Sebastian Abbot worked for the Associated Press in Cairo and Islamabad, where he was bureau chief.

In The Away Game, reporter Sebastian Abbot follows a small group of the boys as they are discovered on dirt fields across Africa, join the glittering academy in Doha where they train, and compete for the chance to gain fame and fortune at Europe's top clubs.

Additional information: http://www.warwicks.com/event/sebastian-abbot-2018

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

May 15 (Tuesday, 7:00 p.m.) — SAN DIEGO BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP discusses If I Die Tonight by Alison Gaylin.

Reminiscent of the bestsellers of Laura Lippman and Harlan Coben--with a dose of Big Little Lies or Stranger Things – an absorbing, addictive tale of psychological suspense from the author of the highly acclaimed and Edgar Award-nominated What Remains of Me and the USA Today bestselling and Shamus Award-winning Brenna Spector series, in which a seemingly open-and-shut police case with a clear-cut hero and villain turns out to be anything but simple.

Additional information: https://www.mystgalaxy.com/SDBDG051618

Mysterious Galaxy, 5943 Balboa Ave, Suite 100, San Diego, CA: (858) 268-4747. http://www.mystgalaxy.com/

May 16 (Wednesday, 6:00 p.m.)Ashley Eckstein signs It's Your Universe: You Have the Power to Make It Happen.

Ashley Eckstein, widely recognized and honored as an actress, entrepreneur, fangirl trendsetter and leading voice for female fandom, has also recently added "author" to her list of accomplishments. Ashley Taylore, who illustrated It's Your Universe, will also sign copies for attendees.

Additional information: https://www.mystgalaxy.com/Eckstein052018

Mysterious Galaxy, 5943 Balboa Ave, Suite 100, San Diego, CA: (858) 268-4747. http://www.mystgalaxy.com/

May 16 (Wednesday, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.) — Warwick's and the La Jolla Riford Library present LA JOLLA READS!  Every four months we choose a different title for everyone to enjoy. At the end of four months we will all gather at the library to discuss the current selection and announce the new selection. What a great way to get everyone in the community talking about the same book! Please stop by Warwick's to purchase your copy or head over to the library to check it out! For our first selection we have chosen Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance.

Additional information: http://www.warwicks.com/event/la-jolla-reads-may-2018

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

May 18 (Friday, 7:30 p.m.)Sloan De Forest in Conversation with Beth Accomando.

Spanning nine decades and branded by the most trusted authority on film, Turner Classic Movies: Must-See Sci-Fi showcases 50 of the most shocking, weird, wonderful, and mind-bending movies ever made.

Additional information: https://www.mystgalaxy.com/DeForest-Accomando-05-2018

Mysterious Galaxy, 5943 Balboa Ave, Suite 100, San Diego, CA: (858) 268-4747. http://www.mystgalaxy.com/

May 19 (Saturday, 12:00 p.m.)Nothing But Sky by Amy Trueblood. Grace Lafferty only feels alive when she's dangling 500 feet above ground. As a post-World War I wing walker, Grace is determined to get to the World Aviation Expo, proving her team's worth against flashier competitors and earning a coveted Hollywood contract.

The Genesis Flame (Time Shift Trilogy) by Ryan Dalton. The timeline is burning. No one knows why. Teenage twins Malcolm and Valentine Gilbert have defeated doomsday machines, ice monsters, and time-traveling supervillains. Yet their full potential remains out of reach.

Beneath the Haunting Sea by Joanna Ruth Meyer. Sixteen-year-old Talia was born to a life of certainty and luxury, destined to become Empress of half the world. But when an ambitious rival seizes power, she and her mother are banished to a nowhere province on the far edge of the Northern Sea.

Additional information: https://www.mystgalaxy.com/book/9781624145346

Mysterious Galaxy, 5943 Balboa Ave, Suite 100, San Diego, CA: (858) 268-4747. http://www.mystgalaxy.com/

May 19 (Saturday, 3:30 p.m.) — SISTERS IN CRIME SAN DIEGO meeting featuring Jane Haseldine. Partners in Crime, the San Diego chapter of the national organization Sisters in Crime, welcomes mystery writer Jane Haseldine as speaker at their May meeting. Haseldine, a former journalist and crime reporter, is the author of three mysteries featuring crime reporter Julia Gooden. She will talk about how she draws on her own experiences working the crime beat for newspapers across the country to craft the Julia Gooden series. Her latest novel is Worth Killing For.

Additional information: https://www.mystgalaxy.com/event/sisters-crime-san-diego-meeting-featuring-jane-haseldine

Mysterious Galaxy, 5943 Balboa Ave, Suite 100, San Diego, CA: (858) 268-4747. http://www.mystgalaxy.com/

May 20 (Sunday, 12:00 p.m.) — As part of our ongoing WEEKENDS WITH LOCALS program we will be hosting Sebastian Slovin, author of Ashes in the Ocean.

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

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SAN DIEGO PUBLIC LIBRARY EVENTS:

In addition to books, your local library has many events for children to include crafts, games and storytimes.


http://sandiego.librarymarket.com/events/month

FIND MORE BOOK LOVERS AT MEETUP:

https://www.meetup.com/San-Diego-Writers/

NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLERS:

https://www.nytimes.com/books/best-sellers/

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WRITERS

SAN DIEGO WRITERS INC CLASSES

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

SHORT STORY/POETRY CONTEST

NEA Big Read Short Story and/or Poetry Writing Contest

http://www.sandiegowriters.org/2018-04-08-04-28-nea-big-read-contest-book-discussion-and-event-pretty-monsters-by-kelly-link/

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May 6 (Sunday, 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.) — THE WRITERS COFFEEHOUSE with Scott Sigler is open to everyone. The Coffeehouse is a bunch of writers sitting around talking about writing...with coffee. No agenda, just chatting about the latest trends in the industry, the craft of writing, markets, pitching and selling, conquering frustration, defeating writers block, and 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.

Additional information: https://www.mystgalaxy.com/WCH052018

Mysterious Galaxy, 5943 Balboa Ave, Suite 100, San Diego, CA: (858) 268-4747. http://www.mystgalaxy.come/

May 17 (Thursday, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.) — San Diego Professional Editors Network Program Navigating Style Sheets Toward Editorial Excellence. Paul Richmond will talk style sheets and how they are best used to help copyeditors track the myriad decisions that come up during the editing process. The program will take place at the San Diego County Health Services Complex, 3851 Rosecrans Street, San Diego, CA 92110. (Please note: This event was rescheduled from January.)

RSVP via email to: pr@sdpen.com no later than Wednesday, May 16.

Event URL: https://sdpen.com/event/navigating-style-sheets-toward-editorial-excellence-2/?instance_id=298

May 21 (Monday, 6:30 p.m.)Elise Capron, Agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency, is the May speaker for the SAN DIEGO WRITERS, EDITORS GUILD. What does an agent do, and do you need one? How can you find your perfect agent match? What is it like working with an agent? How has the agent’s role changed in today’s publishing world?

Join Elise Capron of the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency as she addresses big questions for writers exploring the wide range of publishing options available in today’s literary world. Get tips on how to make yourself marketable to agents, and insight on what publishing path really is best for you.

Elise Capron has been an agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency for 14 years. Established over 35 years ago, SDLA represents a wide range of bestselling fiction and non-fiction authors, including Amy Tan, Lisa See, Maxine Hong Kingston, Chitra Divakaruni, Diane Mott Davidson, Eric Foner, Donald Norman, Gary Small, and many more.

Elise primarily represents adult literary fiction (with an emphasis on multi-cultural work) as well as narrative non-fiction, particularly by journalists and historians. The SDLA team handles nearly every genre, and you can learn more about the agency and other agents’ interests at www.dijkstraagency.com.

Note that our May meeting will be on the third Monday in May, May 21, since the fourth Monday in May is Memorial Day.

We meet at the San Diego County Health Services Center, 3851 Rosecrans, San Diego, CA 92110.

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

Additional information: https://sdwritersguild.org/

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The READERS & WRITERS CALENDAR of literary events is published weekly in East County Magazine at the following URL:http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/features/best-east-county/san-diego-bookshelf/literary-events. It can also be read at http://SDWriteWay.org.

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