August 8, 2012 (San Diego) – On August 14, book publicist Ilene Proctor will present the 52nd “Great Minds Series” event in Santa Monica.
Join bestselling author Russ Baker (Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, America’s Invisible Government and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years, and editor/founder of the investigative news website www.WhoWhatWhy.com) for a discussion of the real differences between Obama and Romney, plus the ways in which they are similar. Baker will focus in particular on the money and foreign policy issues where no presidential nominee dares venture into new territory—and why.
August 2, 2012 (El Cajon) – Heritage of the Americas Museum presents a discussion and book signing by James E. Thomas of us book Corps of Discovery Lewis and Clark on August 4 at the Museum Conference Room on the Cuyamaca College Campus, 12110 Cuyamaca College Drive West, El Cajon. The discussion will begin at 1:00 p.m.
Novel celebrates Buffalo Soldiers’ historic rescue of the 7th cavalry
August 2, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Camp Lockett in Campo, a now-sleepy border town in San Diego’s East County, was the last home of the Buffalo Soldiers.Best known as the all-black cavalry brigade that fought valiantly in the Civil War, the 9th Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers were also lauded for their rescue of 7th Cavalry soldiers from hostile Indians. The novel Rescue at Pine Ridge, by Erich Hicks, culminates in this rescue,also shining light on the heart-wrenching and often brutal resettlement of Native American tribes 14 years after the massacre at Little Big Horn.
Hicks has completed a screenplay for a film trilogy based on the book, garnering support from acclaimed actor/director Bill Duke.Tonight at 7 p.m., a stage reading will be held at the Mayme A. Clayton Library and Museum, 4130 Overland Avenue in Culver City. The event is open to the public; RSVP at (818)760-9948.
Actors in the production Table Read are:
Starring: Keith David in the role of Sergeant George Jordan / Medal of Honor recipient & Certificate of Merit.
Starring: Richard Gant in the role of Sergeant Thomas Shaw / Medal of Honor recipient.
Starring: Brent Jennings in the role of William Othello Wilson / Medal of Honor recipient.
July 18, 2012 (El Cajon) – The Fletcher Hills Library is holding its annual Ice Cream Social on July 25 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at 576 Garfield Avenue, El Cajon.The Friends of Fletcher Hills Library will be serving up the ice cream.Firefighters with Heartland Fire and Rescue in El Cajon will be stopping by as well.
July 18 (Wednesday, 7:30 pm) — Warwick's will host USD law professor Frank Partnoy who will discuss and sign his book Wait: The Art and Science of Delay. This event is free and open to the public. In order to be signed. the author's most current title must be purchased from Warwick's.
Living Resourcefully, Yet Very Well, by Susan A. Mahalick (Amazon.com, 2012).
Book Review by Dennis Moore
July 15, 2012 (San Diego)--Susan Mahalick, an expatriate who grew up in New Jersey and later lived in Iowa before moving to Baja California, has written a thoughtful and practical guide to being frugal and resourceful. Living Resourcefully, Yet Very Well is a book based on her own personal learning and life experiences, starting when she was a little girl. She indicates in this well written and thought provoking book that she learned to save from a very young age and still remember her “little bank book.”
July 13, 2012 (Poway)--Woody Guthrie lived through the most significant events of the twentieth century, forging his talents as a prolific writer who, through his songs, prose and poetry, told the story of everyman.
San Diego County Library joins people around the world in celebrating Guthrie's life and influence. Woody Guthrie's 100th Birthday Celebration will be held at the Poway Library, 13137 Poway Road on Saturday, July 14 at 2 p.m. San Diego musicians will band together in a free concert to honor the famed singer, who still has a profound impact even 45 years after his death.
July 13, 2012 (Washington, D.C.) — Each year, the American Library Association selects what it considers to be the most notable Government documents published by Federal, state, and local governments and publishes the list in the prestigious Library Journal (LJ).
Murdering The Mom: A Memoir, by Duff Brenna (Wordcraft of Oregon, LLC., La Grande, Oregon, 2012, 217 pages).
Book Review by Dennis Moore
July 9, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--Duff Brenna, a long-time East County resident and graduate of San Diego State, where he also taught and garnered several faculty awards, has written a candid and somewhat disturbing memoir of growing up in a dysfunctional family. Murdering The Mom: A Memoir resonates with me, for there are some aspects of this brilliantly written and insightful book that are eerily reminiscent of my mother and how she had to raise 10 of us – basically by herself.
July 1, 2012 (Lemon Grove) – A new public library is now under construction in Lemon Grove at the corner of School Lane and Lincoln, thanks to Prop W bond funds.
On June 27, Friends of the Lemon Grove Library presented the county library with a check for $60,000 to purchase the “First Day Collection for the new library. During the ceremony, the group also gave $5,000 from the City of Lemon Grove raised by Rosemary Putnam.
News and Calendar Items for San Diego County Book Lovers July 1 thru July 8, 2012
July 5 (Thursday, 7:30 pm) – Warwick's will host writer and photographer Mark Johnson who will discuss and sign his book Argyle Armada: Behind the Scenes of the Pro Cycling Life. This event is free and open to the public. In order to be signed the author's most current title must be purchased from Warwick's.
County Library System Honored for Outstanding Service to Public by Library Journal
June 17, 2012 (San Diego) -- The San Diego County Library system was named 2012 “Library of the Year” by Library Journal magazine and Gale, an educational publishing company, for “profoundly demonstrating service to community” by automating services, increasing circulation and the number programs it offers — despite the recession.
June 6, 2012 (San Diego) -- SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Public Library continues its poetry and spoken word series Downtown Verse during June. The next featured performance is by the Lake San Marcos Writers on Monday, June 11. The performance begins at 4:00 pm in the Lobby of the Central Library, located at 820 E Street in downtown San Diego. This event is free and open to the public.
June 7, 2012 (Alpine) – The Alpine Branch of the San Diego County Library at 2130 Arnold Way has a variety of events for planned for the month of June.For infants and toddlers story time is held on Wednesday’s from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. including Local Heroes Storytime on June 13 when Alpine’s Postmaster will be the guest reader.
Do not start reading this book until you have the time to finish it. Ripped from the headlines, this novel of unrelenting suspense will keep you up all night and have you talking about it for weeks to follow.
June 5, 2012 (San Diego)--That is the caveat given by the publishers of this book written by J. Thomas Shaw, who co-founded one of the fastest growing independent mortgage banks in the United States. In most instances this type of hype does not live up to its billing. The Rx Factor is that rare exception! If I didn’t know better, I would think that The Rx Factor was a Robert Ludlum or John Grisham spy novel, reading like Ludlum’s The Matarese Circle. This book has everything that captivates one’s attention – conspiracy theory, sex, murder and betrayal, along with an intense love interest.
May 30, 2012 (San Diego) – “The clash between traditional South Sudanese values and western values threatens the survival of families already rocked by decades of war, poverty and injustice,” says Walter Davis. “This book provides powerful tools with which the South Sudanese people can experience an epiphany."
Davis is editor of South Sudanese Community Insights, authored by John Chuol Kuek, chairman of the Southern Sudanese Community Center in San Diego and a refugee camp survivor. View an interview with Kuek conducted by Davis as guest host of Consider the Possibilities:
May 29, 2012 (San Diego) -- The San Diego Public Library continues its poetry and spoken word series Downtown Verse during June. The next featured performance is by the Lake San Marcos Writers on Monday, June 11. The performance begins at 4:00 pm in the Lobby of the Central Library, located at 820 E Street in downtown San Diego. This event is free and open to the public.
May 18, 2012 (San Diego) -- San Diegans Richard Lederer and Caroline McCullagh are the proud parents of a bouncing baby book, American Trivia: What We All Should Know About U.S. History, Culture & Geography (Gibbs Smith Publisher, 2012). Over a span of a year, the co-authors will share with you their journey through American history. You can order inscribed and signed copies of the book by writing to email@example.com.
May 12, 2012 (Baja)--Greg Niemann, author of Baja Fever, and life-long Baja Buff who has traveled all over the peninsula known as Baja California in Mexico, has written a well-researched and easy-to-read history of the people and resorts that make Baja what it is today.
What is Baja anyway? “Baja,” which means “Lower” in Spanish, refers to an 800-mile long peninsula separated from Mexico’s mainland by the Gulf of California – or the Sea of Cortez, if you prefer. The peninsula is comprised of two Mexican states, Baja California (Norte), with Mexicali as capital, and Baja California Sur, whose capital city is La Paz. To make it easy Norte means “North” and Sur means “South.”
May 10, 2012 (San Diego) -- On May 18, 2012, legendary HIV/AIDS advocate, civil rights activist, author and columnist Terry Angel Mason will be a guest speaker at the San Diego Neighborhood House Association, located at 841 South, 41st Street, San Diego, CA 92114. The special event will take place at 1:30 pm, and will include a discussion about HIV/AIDS prevention and book signing by the famed author.
May 7, 2012 (San Diego) -- Richard C. Atkinson, who served as chancellor of the University of California, San Diego for15 years, was barely four weeks into his tenure as president of the University of California system when the UC Regents voted to end affirmative action in August 1995.
How he dealt with the admissions wars—the political, legal and academic consequences of that historic and controversial decision, as well as the issue of governance—is discussed in a new book by Patricia Pelfrey recently released by the University of California Press entitled The Entrepreneurial President: Richard Atkinson and the University of California, 1995-2003.
May 2, 2012 (La Mesa) – Pulitzer Prize winning author, Tom Hallman Jr. will be discussing his new book, “A Strangers Gift” at Crosspointe Life Church, 8809 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa on May 4 at 7:00 p.m.The book shares Hallman’s journey of faith from indifferent agnostic to growing believer.Hallman interviewed 13 ordinary people from all walks of life about finding purpose in life through faith.The book describes their journeys of faith and how it changed or affected their lives.
La Mesa Police Department’s Captain Dan Willis was one of the 13 people interviewed for the book.
Chef Ted Reader’s brings on the smoke and the flavor with these tasty tidbits
April 29, 2012 (Toronto, Ont.) -- With Spring already here, and Summer around the corner, people are gearing up to entertain guests during the warm summer months. Meat smoking is becoming very popular in local restaurants this season, and Chef Ted Reader has come up with these five easy tips from his new book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Smoking Foods, to help you get rolling the first time you fire up your smoker, and every time to follow.
April 28 (Saturday, 2:00 pm) — Former San Diego resident and veteran video game designer Erin Hoffman’s Lance of Earth and Sky presents her characters with the challenge of dealing with the consequences of the actions they took in Sword of Fire and Sea, especially the decision to rekindle elemental magic in the world of Andovar.
Local veteran writers to perform stories about the unspoken sides of service in concert with a visit from the author of, “The Things They Carried.”
April 26, 2012 (San Diego) -- As part of Grossmont Community College’s 16th Annual Literary Arts Festival, Tim O’Brien will be reading and signing books on Thursday, May 03, 2:00 - 3:15 p.m., Griffin Gate (Building 60.)
O’Brien is best known for his novel, The Things They Carried, a National Book Award Winner and Pulitzer Prize Finalist, considered one of the most, if not the most, powerful books about the Vietnam War and war in general.
April 23, 2012 (San Diego)--Comedian Ritch Shydner used to have a line in his act to the effect that, “Men and women will never get along because they are after two basically opposite goals: women are looking for the one man who can satisfy their every need and men are looking for every woman who can satisfy their one need.”
April 13, 2012 ( San Diego) -- Author of the popular, "Maisie Dobbs" series, Jacqueline Winspear will be the guest of the La Mesa-El Cajon Branch of the American Association of University Women at their 11th annual luncheon on April 21st. Ms. Winspear has won praise from the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Associated Press and the San Francisco Chronicle; to name a few. She is the winner of the Agatha, Alex and Macavity Awards.
April 9, 2012 (San Diego)—San Diego’s WriteWay, in partnership with East County Magazine, has a variety of events for readers and writers coming up this week. Click Read More below to see a listing of the events.
Proofreader of The Color Purple, President Herbert Hoover's WWII memoir and more to lead workshop
April 7, 2012 (La Mesa) -- Sprinkled with stories and tips (e.g., how to find literary agents), this lecture-workshop is designed to empower and inspire writers. Take a peek at the book business, check out the pros and cons of traditional vs. electronic and self-publishing, then chat about genres such as memoir and children’s literature, and close with some ideas to help writers get published and sell their work.