READERS & WRITERS CALENDAR: NOV. 1 - NOV. 13

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By Sam Warren, editor and Laura Roberts, contributing editor, The Writer’s Life, San Diego Writers and Editors Guild 

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November 1, 2016 (San Diego) — Upcoming happenings for readers and writers this month include open Shakespeare readings, the La Jolla Writer’s Conference, and the deadline to enter the San Diego Book Awards.

READERS

THEATER REVIEWS

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SAN DIEGO PUBLIC LIBRARY CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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KPBS ONE-BOOK CALENDAR

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November 1 (Tuesday, 6:45 to 8:30pm) — Come to the “Open Shakespeare Readings” sponsored by the San Diego Shakespeare Society on the 1st Tuesday of the month. Join us for an informal evening with the Bard's Midsummer Night's Dream starring you! All welcome. Free. Anyone can join in the reading or just come along to listen. Parts are re-assigned before each scene so everyone who wants to can read.

These popular readings are fun, interactive, creative, and great public speaking and acting practice. They are also a good way to meet other people who are interested in Shakespeare and his work.

Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 835 W. Harbor Drive, Suite C, San Diego; (619) 232-4855; http://www.upstartcrowtrading.com.

November 1 (Tuesday, 5:30 pm) — Booked for Happy Hour - Jane Green. Join us for a meet & greet with New York Times bestselling author Jane Green! Enjoy a beverage and delicious hors d'oeuvres as we discuss Good Taste: Simple Delicious Recipes with the author!

A former journalist in the UK and a graduate of the International Culinary Center in New York, Jane Green is the New York Times bestselling author of eighteen novels, including Falling. She has been published in more than twenty-five languages and has more than ten million books in print worldwide. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and their blended family.

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

November 2 (Wednesday, 7:30 pm) Nicola Yoon and Sara Wolf AKA Michelle Painchaud sign. Young Adult author Nicola Yoon was recently named a 2015 Publishers Weekly Flying Start for her first novel, Everything; her second novel, The Sun Is Also a Star, was named a National Book Award finalist. Everything, Everything, which contains illustrations by her husband, David, a graphic designer, was sparked when she to imagine what it would be like if a 17-year-old needed the same level of protection as a newborn, and what her mother would have to be like too. Teens Natasha and Daniel question the possibility of fate and destiny during one intense day of interactions and coincidences (or are they?)  in New York City in The Sun Is Also a Star. Guest host and local YA author Sara Wolf (Forget Me Always) will guide Nicola in exploring the kinds of life questions teens are engaged in.

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

November 3 (Thursday, 6:15 pm) — Adventures by the Book™ is pleased to partner with the Tierrasanta Village of San Diego for a Tierrasanta Talks Creativity Adventure with creative muse & author, Jill Badonsky at the TDA Church Community Room, 11260 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92124. The event has a donation of $10 and is open to the public.

About the Event: Are you one of those people who think they don’t have a creative bone in their body? Or perhaps you would like to take your creativity deeper, but have become stuck, distracted, or immobilized. Well, creative muse Jill Badonsky is here to help you with that, so join us for our next Tierrasanta Talks, where Jill will share her five tips to become an “artist of staying alive.” Come listen to humorous and poignant stories that illustrate the five easiest ways to reclaim your own creative fire and live your life like an artist, to get in touch with your creative side, whether for hobby, career, amusement, or just the sheer joy of it.

About the Author: Jill Badonsky, M.Ed., is an internationally recognized workshop leader and award-winning speaker. She is the founder and director of Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching Certification Training, a performance poet, multimedia artist, and author/illustrator of The Nine Modern Day Muses, The Awe-Manac, and The Muse Is In: An Owner’s Manual to Your Creativity.

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

November 3 (Thursday, 7:30 pm) — Warwick's is hosting author and editor of Ugly Things magazine, Mike Stax to discuss and sign Swim Through the Darkness. Mike Stax is the editor of the highly respected 60s/ 70s music magazine, Ugly Things. He has written liner notes for hundreds of reissues, and contributing to other publications, including the Oxford American and Shindig, and has also co-authored two books, Don t Bring Me Down...Under (with Andy Neil and John Baker) and Like, Misunderstood (with Rick Brown).

Craig Smith was a 1960s golden boy good looking, charismatic, outgoing; a preternaturally gifted musician and songwriter whose songs were recorded by some of the biggest names in entertainment Andy Williams, Glen Campbell, the Monkees. His future success seemed assured, until an unexpected turn of events plunged him into a terrifying darkness. Clean-cut Craig Smith became Maitreya Kali, the self-proclaimed psychedelic Messiah. He laid out his poignant, disturbing schizophrenic vision on a sprawling self-released double-album before disappearing completely. Author Mike Stax spent fifteen years piecing together the mystery of Maitreya Kali, uncovering one of the strangest and most tragic untold stories of the 1960s and 70s. Swim Through the Darkness reveals author Stax's fifteen-year quest in tracking down this strange saga of American pop culture. Included in the story are Smith's close ties to the Monkees, particularly Mike Nesmith, who produced and promoted Smith's band, Penny Arkade. Also covered are the bizarre self-released albums he made as Maitreya Kali, which now command thousands of dollars among psychedelic music collectors. Purchasers of this book will also receive a code to be able to download Smith's music in all its obscure and variant styles.

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

November 3 (Thursday, 6:15 pm) — Adventures by the Book™ is pleased to partner with the Tierrasanta Village of San Diego for a Tierrasanta Talks Creativity Adventure with creative muse & author, Jill Badonsky at the TDA Church Community Room, 11260 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92124. The event has a donation of $10 and is open to the public.

About the Event: Are you one of those people who think they don’t have a creative bone in their body? Or perhaps you would like to take your creativity deeper, but have become stuck, distracted, or immobilized. Well, creative muse Jill Badonsky is here to help you with that, so join us for our next Tierrasanta Talks, where Jill will share her five tips to become an “artist of staying alive.” Come listen to humorous and poignant stories that illustrate the five easiest ways to reclaim your own creative fire and live your life like an artist, to get in touch with your creative side, whether for hobby, career, amusement, or just the sheer joy of it.

About the Author: Jill Badonsky, M.Ed., is an internationally recognized workshop leader and award-winning speaker.  She is the founder and director of Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching Certification Training, a performance poet, multimedia artist, and author/illustrator of The Nine Modern Day Muses, The Awe- Manac, and The Muse Is In: An Owner’s Manual to Your Creativity.

November 5 (Saturday, 7:00 to 9:00 pm) — Live Music Every Saturday Night. Join us for an enchanting evening with the talented Jonathan Valverde. Come listen as he delights us with his renditions of beautiful ballads and rock in English, Spanish and other languages.

Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 835 W. Harbor Drive, Suite C, San Diego; (619) 232-4855; http://www.upstartcrowtrading.com.

November 5 (Saturday, 2:00 pm)Adi Tantimedh signs his new book Her Nightly Embrace with guest Sendhil Ramamurthy.

Screenwriter Adi Tantimedh introduces modern detective Ravi Chandra Singh and his bevy of happily corrupt colleagues, like a hacker from Hong Kong, a Nigerian lawyer, and a brilliant stoner. When Ravi starts to see visions of Hindu gods as he becomes overwhelmed by his complex cases, he has to figure out if he’s completely delusional — or if he might actually be a modern day shaman.

Heroes star Sendhil Ramamurthy is slated to play Ravi in the still-in-development TV adaptation of the series. “Ravi Chandra Singh is the most unusual and unexpected character I’ve been cast to play,” Ramamurthy enthused. “He’s unique and complex as he struggles to survive in a crazy and dangerous world.”

The first in a trilogy of whip-smart novels currently in development as a TV series set to star Sendhil Ramamurthy (NBC s Heroes and Heroes Reborn) about a destructive private investigator and his eccentric coworkers, who handle cases so high-profile that they never make the headlines.

Ravi Chandra Singh is the last guy you’d expect to become a private detective. A failed religious scholar, he now works for Golden Sentinels, an upmarket London private investigations agency. His colleagues are a band of gleefully amoral and brilliant screw-ups: Ken and Clive, a pair of brutal ex-cops who are also a gay couple; Mark Chapman, a burned-out stoner hiding a great mind; Marcie Holder, a cheerful former publicist; Benjamin Lee, a techie prankster from South London; David Okri, an ambitious lawyer from a well-connected Nigerian immigrant family; and Olivia Wong, an upper-class Hong Kong financial analyst hiding her true skills as one of the most dangerous hackers in the world all under the watchful eye of Roger Golden, wheeler-dealer extraordinaire, and his mysterious office manager, Cheryl Hughes.

Thrust into a world where the rich, famous, and powerful hire him to solve their problems and wash their dirty laundry, Ravi finds himself in over his head with increasingly gonzo and complex cases and the recent visions that he s been having of Hindu gods aren’t t helping. As Ravi struggles to stay ahead of danger, he wonders if the things he s seeing are a delusion or if he might, in fact, be an unrecognized shaman of the modern world...

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

November 5 (Saturday)Jimmy Jazz having a release party for his new book The Book of Books and is inviting some of his favorite writers to help him celebrate: Michael Klam, Steve Abee, Shawna Kenney, minerva, Kimberly Dark & Rich Ferguson. This is going to be a fantastic show. at San Diego’s Balboa Park at The Art Institute.

The Book of Books is a project Jimmy Jazz worked on six years. At it’s most basic level it’s a collection of writings about 1300 books he read. It shows how the books you read shape the life you get. A sucker for narrative, Jazz can’t escape the stories. Each book seizes his obsession, pulling him like Gumby into other worlds.

To RSVP and for more details, contact Jimmy Jazz at jazz@pirateenclave.com.

November 5 (Tuesday, 6:45 to 8:30 pm) —  Midsummer Nights Dream. Shakespeare Open Readings 1st Tuesday of the Month. Come to the “Open Shakespeare Readings” sponsored by the San Diego Shakespeare  Society.  Join us for an informal evening with the Bard, starring you! All welcome. Free. Anyone can join in the reading or just come along to listen. Parts are re-assigned before each scene so everyone who wants to can read.

Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 835 W. Harbor Drive, Suite C, San Diego; (619) 232-4855; http://www.upstartcrowtrading.com.

November 9 (Wednesday, 7:00 pm) — San Diego Book Discussion Group discusses Make Me by Lee Child.

" Why is this town called Mother’s Rest? " That s all Reacher wants to know. But no one will tell him. It s a tiny place hidden in a thousand square miles of wheat fields, with a railroad stop, and sullen and watchful people, and a worried woman named Michelle Chang, who mistakes him for someone else: her missing partner in a private investigation she thinks must have started small and then turned lethal.

Reacher has no particular place to go, and all the time in the world to get there, and there’s something about Chang . . . so he teams up with her and starts to ask around. He thinks: How bad can this thing be? But before long he’s plunged into a desperate race through LA, Chicago, Phoenix, and San Francisco, and through the hidden parts of the internet, up against thugs and assassins every step of the way right back to where he started, in Mother’s Rest, where he must confront the worst nightmare he could imagine.

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

November 10 (Thursday, 7:30 pm)Mary Robinette Kowal signs Ghost Talkers. Author and puppeteer Mary Robinette Kowal creates an alternate history where the Spirit Corps, a group that communicates with recently killed soldiers to gather important wartime information, make an important contribution to World War I. Medium Ginger Stuyvesant, an American heiress living in London during World War I, is engaged to Captain Benjamin Harford, an intelligence officer. When Ben is called away and Ginger discovers a traitor in the Allies camp, she must call upon all her resources to defend the Spirit Corps. Publishers Weekly noted, “Her depiction of the Western Front includes diverse characters often neglected in wartime stories: the many people who help Ginger include women young and old, people of color, and disabled veterans, all of whom are dismissed by the British men in charge.”

Ginger Stuyvesant, an American heiress living in London during World War I, is engaged to Captain Benjamin Hartshorne, an intelligence officer. Ginger is a medium for the Spirit Corps, a special Spiritualist force ... Ginger and her fellow mediums contribute a great deal to the war efforts, so long as they pass the information through appropriate channels. While Ben is away at the front, Ginger discovers the presence of a traitor. Without the presence of her fiancé to validate her findings, the top brass thinks she's just imagining things.

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

November 12 (Saturday, 7:00 to 9:00 pm) — Live Music Every Saturday Night. Are you a Beatles fan?  Then join us for an evening with a dynamic group of young men who play tribute to The Beatles with covers of their most loved hits.

Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 835 W. Harbor Drive, Suite C, San Diego; (619) 232-4855; http://www.upstartcrowtrading.com.

November 13 (Sunday, 2:00 – 3:30 pm) — Classical pianist and author Roland Colton, along with the Amateur Pianists of San Diego, will present an evening of Victorian music at the Carlsbad Dove Library. The Carlsbad Dove Library is located at 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad, CA 92011.

The program, entitled Writing Music into Fiction: A Celebration of 19th Century Music and Literature, explores how Colton came to write his 19th century London historical novel, Forever Gentleman, which tells the story of a young classical pianist and architect who navigates his way through the wealth and poverty that characterized Victorian London. In this program, Colton will describe how he wove the different aspects of classical music into the story and what he learned about the musical compositions, artists, and piano builders of 19th century.

November 13 (Sunday, 12:00 pm) — As part of our ongoing Weekends with Locals Program we will be hosting Annette Ross, author of Where Fairy Tales Go.

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

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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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October 1 thru November 15 — Submissions to the 2017 San Diego Book Awards for unpublished works are due; submit the first 30 pages. Submissions for published works are due January 1st through January 31st, 2017.

Categories include unpublished novels for adults, young adults, and children, memoirs, poetry chapbooks, and short stories as well as published works. Submission guidelines and entry form may be found at http://sandiegobookawards.org/submission-guidelines/. The awards ceremony will be held in June 2017.

November 1 thru 30) — National Novel Writing Month (also known as “NaNoWriMo”). Participation is free, and those who manage to complete the first draft of an entire novel (defined by the organizers as 50,000 words) are eligible for writing-related prizes from contest sponsors. Past prizes have included discounts on Scrivener and other software that helps with the novel-writing process, publishing discounts from CreateSpace and Fast Pencil, and more.

Participants receive regular pep talks from published authors, badges to place on their websites and social media pages, and access to a word counter to make sure they stay on track with their writing throughout the month. Indeed, the contest’s rallying cry is “1,667 words or bust!” as this is the minimum amount you must write per day in order to hit 50K by November 30. To register, go to http://nanowrimo.org.

November 6 (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.

LOCAL WRITERS’ CONFERENCES

November 11-13 — The 2016 La Jolla Writer’s Conference at the Hyatt Regency in La Jolla. Registration is limited to 200 attendees. For more information, see http://lajollawritersconference.com/registration.

January 20-22, 2017 — The 33rd annual SDSU Writers’ Conference at the San Diego Marriott in Mission Valley. For more information, Register Online: www.lajollawritersconference.com.

February 17-20, 2017 — The 31st annual Southern California Writers' Conference *San Diego takes place Presidents’ Day Weekend.

Many friends both new and familiar will be with us at SD31, including author/ screenwriter Jeff Johnson. His debut horror noir novel Everything Under the Moon dropped last month, while Knottspeed: A Love Story is out February, followed by Lucky Supreme: A Novel of Many Crimes, in April. Also joining us as a Special Guest Speaker is James A. Misko. His latest, The Path of the Wind, is out February from Square One Publishers, who also acquired the rights and will be releasing Jim’s previously published first four novels. Check out all the latest news on here: www.WritersConference.com.

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."

To register go to: http://www.ces.sdsu.edu/Pages/Engine.aspx?id=743#register. If you are interested in being considered as a speaker, please complete the speaker interest form. Email questions to: directorsdsuwc@gmail.com.

WRITING CLASSES AND EVENTS

♦ San Diego Continuing Education – Writers Workshop Course covers writing newspaper articles, outlining and writing autobiographies, fiction techniques for writing short stories and novels, and an introduction to poetry writing. Ages 18+ welcome. Meets T/W 9 am to noon from 9/6 through 1/25 at Point Loma Assembly, or M/W 6-8 pm from 9/7 through 1/25 at Mesa College.

♦ San Diego Continuing Education – Blogging for Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Nowadays, every business and website needs a blog. Why? Because search engines, like Google and Bing, want you to create compelling and timely content, if you want to rank high on their results pages. Blogging is an excellent way to create and generate traffic for your website. In this course you will learn how to write blogs effectively and optimize for search engines. Will focus on the WordPress, Tumblr blog platforms. Meets twice, Friday 11/4 and 11/18, 9:30 am to 1 pm at North City Campus, Room 110. Additional info: http://www.sdce.edu/class-details/1992C

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