February 27, 2018 (La Mesa) -- Tonight the City Council agenda includes a returning item: engagement of an urban planning firm to update feasibility tests for the Civic Center site. Included are the introduction of market-rate housing, as well as office and/or governmental use, park and parking uses in combination with another civic building.
And once again we see a baffling omission. Surrounding cities – from Alpine to IB – are proudly opening – and winning awards with – new town libraries. Just yesterday, San Diego Mayor Faulconer lauded libraries as “…hubs for inspiration, discovery and opportunity.” But in La Mesa, the long-delayed new library continues to get the crickets treatment at City Hall.
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June 12, 2017 (San Diego) -- San Diego County Library and The San Diego Museum of Art are partnering to provide free museum passes to library customers. This innovative partnership allows library customers to check out a pass for the museum just as they would a book.
May 25, 2017 (San Diego)—“Coast to Catcus: The Canyoneer Trail Guide to San Diego Outdoors” by Diana Lindsay has received first place in the Outdoor Writers Association California’s 2017 Craft Awards Media Competition. Judges felt that the design and visual appeal of the entry was “Inspiring, intriguing and compelling.”
May 20, 2017 (San Diego) – Mollie Moon, author of the novel Five Wishes, sat down for an exclusive interview with Reina Menasche, host of the Bookshelf segment on East County Magazine’s Show on KNSJ radio. Hear the full interview by clicking the audio link aboveand read highlights below.
Her novel tracks the journey of a teen girl escaping a shanty town in Honduras in hopes of finding a better life in America . Her journey includes living on city streets and falling prey to a human trafficker, nightmares that befall far too many immigrants coming to America. A German immigrant, Moon has empathy with immigrants around the world in today’s political climate.
May 1, 2017 - San Diego, CA—In the world of independent publishing, spring is the start of award season as finalists are announced in anticipation of summer book fairs. Two of the most reputable independent publishing award programs announced finalists this week and, once again, works by Sunbelt Publications feature prominently, with Coast to Cactus, Gulf of California Coastal Ecology, and Virginia City collectively advancing in five categories.
April 28, 2017 (La Mesa) – Bookworms, rejoice! Huffington Post has published a list of the best 50 independent bookstores in the U.S. Five are here in California – including Maxwell’s House of Books in La Mesa.
By Tom Christensen, County of San Diego Communications Office
January 3, 2017 (San Diego) - San Diego County residents continued to take advantage of the all of free resources available to them from the San Diego County Library system in 2016. From books and e-books to DVDs and a variety of programs for residents of all ages, the SDCL ranked amongst the top library systems in the nation.
A Foreign Affair: A True Story of Love and War, by Amanda Matti (Available at Amazon.com, 2016, 354 pages).
Preview by Dennis Moore
October 19, 2016 (San Diego) - I can’t wait to get my hands on this book, as the author, an El Cajon resident has indicated to me just today that she will be mailing it out to me for my review in the East County Magazine. She will also appear on our “East County Magazine Live!” radio show to be interviewed with all the salacious details of this book. A Foreign Affair has all the ingredients of true love and intrigue in a foreign country, which the author describes as “love at first sight” between herself, as a U.S. Navy Analyst, and her Iraqi translator Fahdi, in war-torn Iraq.
October 15, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) --East County Magazine’s Bookshelf host, Reina Menasche, recently sat down for an in-depth interview with Charles Harrington Elster, a seasoned writer, broadcaster, narrator and nationally recognized wordsmith. Elster, known for his novel approach to SAT and ACT test preparation, Elster is also the author of 11 books, including Verbal Advantage and Word Workout.
The County of San Diego’s new library in Alpine has been nominated for an Orchid Award in the San Diego Architectural Foundation’s annual Orchids and Onions Awards. The project was created through the design-build team of C.W. Driver, Ferguson Pape Baldwin Architects, and architect Manuel Oncina selected in a competitive design process.
From indoor trees for kids to cozy up and read under to an outdoor patio with park view, 42 million books, many specialized spaces and plenty of high-tech amenities, the spacious new library is not only innovative in design and beautiful, it’s also energy efficient as the County’s first Zero Net Energy building. Next up, the County is seeking LEED Gold certification.
June 27, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – Recently, East County Magazine sat down with Del Hood, long-time news editor of the Daily Californian and author of the new book History in the Headlines: Half a Century of the Most Notable Events in the El Cajon Valley and Surrounding Areas 1950-2000.
He recalled some of the most memorable stories of his career, as well as the fascinating history of our region. This interview originally aired on the East County Magazine Show on KNSJ 89.1 FM Radio. To listen online now, click the link above. (Note: sound files can take a few moments to load.)
June 4,2016 (San Diego) – At bat in our lineup of radio interviewees recently was Kirk Kenney, author of 100 Things Padres Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die.
Kenney, a sportswriter with the San Diego Union-Tribune, shared some colorful insights and fascinating facts with our Bookshelf editor Reina Menasche on the East County Magazine Show, aired originally on KNSJ 89.1 FM Radio.
You can listen online now to our interview by clicking the orange arrow above (sound files may take a few moments to load).
May 2, 2016 (San Diego) --“Build a box. Fill it with Mel’s Mix. Add a grid…and start planting.”Mel Bartholomew, creator of Square Foot Gardening, has passed away at the age of 84 in La Jolla, California. His easy, innovative method of growing vegetables revolutionized the way millions grow their own food.
Click orange audio link to hear our interview with Rebecca Grant, originally aired on KNSJ 89.1 FM.
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March 18, 2016 (San Diego) -- Rebecca Grant, author of A Sticky Web of Vengeance: The Coach's Wife sat down for an exclusive interview with East County Magazine Radio Show's Bookshelf host Reina Menasche.
Grant endured shocking revelations about her well-known husband's past, forgave him and stood by him in his final challenge: a battle with brain cancer. She survived these hardships only to endure betrayal by his family members. Yet she weathered the storms in her life, finding inner strength.
She has since dedicated her life to activism, hoping to help others.
(Click orange link above left to listen now to our interview with Caitlin Rother, or blue link to download file)
East County News Service
January 31, 2016 (San Diego) – East County Magazine Show’s Bookshelf host Reina Menasche recently had a fascinating interview with New York Times. bestselling author Caitlin Rother . Also a Pulitzer-nominated journalist formerly with the San Diego Union-Tribune, Rother discussed her latest true-crime book, Then No One Can Have Her.
The book chronicles the life and murder of Carol Kennedy, an artist, therapist and mother of two, just weeks after her divorce. Her ex-husband, investment broker Steve DeMocker, was convicted of murdering Kennedy in the small mountain town of Prescott, Arizona, though his family contends he was wrongly convicted.
January 17, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – County Supervisors have approved spending $50,000 in Neighborhood Reinvestment funds to acquire land for new libraries in Lakeside and the Casa de Oro community in Spring Valley. The plan was proposed by East County Supervisor Dianne Jacob.
Update: Hear our interview with Victor Contreras, Descendants of Early San Diego, on Twainfest, including a reading from a monologue on his own famous ancestor from early San Diego. The interviewe originally aired on KNSJ; listen online here.
East County News Service
January 3, 2016 (San Diego)--The Descendants of Early San Diego (formerly known as the Old Town San Diego Descendants Group seek submissions of short monologues for presentation at TwainFest 2016 to be held at Old Town San Diego State Park in August of 2016. Each monologue should be in first person, accurately reflecting real people who lived in our region in the 1800s. Two $100 prizes will be awarded and authors can also audition for opportunities to perform their works for additional compensation. See below for details.
December 21, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – If you’re looking for a true treasure to share with someone on your holiday gift list, a copy of Bill Swank’s Christmas in San Diego is ideal. His book is filled with local examples of the Christmas spirit, from Santee Santas giving back to the community to endearing and unique holiday traditions in towns across our region.
“The goodness that we have in us all is Santa Claus,” says Swank, who has expertise in delivering holiday cheer. He’s played Santa for years, including serving as Santa Claus at the annual December Nights celebration in Balboa Park.
October 27, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - Leigh Bennett joins us from the land Down Under to give advice about literary agents. Bennett is the author of the hilarious contemporary romance Flirting With Magick and the brand new urban fantasy Avalon's Child.
Leigh began as a self-published author before being recruited by me to join the publishing house Booktrope. Both of us have free giveaways coming soon, so be sure to check out the free books list at the end of this week's column.
October 26, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - A scientist, a novelist, and now a guest columnist... Ask An Author is happy to welcome multiple award-winning author and physicist Massimo Marino, whose science fiction trilogy sold more than 10,000 copies in the US and abroad before being picked up by a publisher. Also, get one of his novels free Nov 9-14, as well as 200 more!
Hear our interview with author David Schmidt, originally aired on KNSJ, including the author reading a spine-tingling excerpt from his book, Holy Ghosts. To listen, click the red arrow or download the mp3.
October 4, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - Do you believe in ghosts? Is it possible to be a person of faith, a scientifically-minded person, and take ghost stories seriously?
When doors and windows open on their own, when footsteps echo down an empty hall, when shadows move in the darkness and voices whisper when no one is around...what is going on? These are the experiences that stick with us, frighten us, incite our imaginations, and, ultimately, connect us to the past.
Answering your questions about writing, publishing, and marketing books
By Sarka-Jonae Miller
July 13, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) --This week I'm happy to welcome #1 best-selling author, Caroline Fardig, to the Ask An Author column.
Caroline is the author of the Lizzie Hart Mystery series of hilarious cozy mysteries. She recently got a book deal with Penguin Random House for an upcoming mystery novel, Death Before Decaf, and she just self-published her third novel, Bad Medicine. Caroline also happens to be one of my favorite authors.
Cherie Kephart, the sweet girl next door who longed for adventure, traveled the world from the remote villages of Central Africa to the majestic coastlines of New Zealand until a mysterious illness thrust her to the precipice of death. Cherie spent seven frantic and comical years seeking support from both medical specialists and eccentric New Age healers to find her life saving answers. A Few Minor Adjustments will move you with its fiercely inspirational and humorous account of one woman's incredible journey to answer the age old question—is life worth living?
June 4, 2015 (Lemon Grove)—Five local living legends were honored on May 29th at the Lemon Grove Library, where their portraits by prominent artist Mona Mills were unveiled. Those honored reflect a diverse cross section of our community, each with stories to tell.
May 30, 2015 (Alpine)--The Alpine Library Friends Association (ALFA) announces an anonymous challenge grant pledge of $10,000. The Donor will match any contribution of $250 or more from an individual or group, up to a total of $10,000. The Challenge period runs from June 1st to July 15th The money raised by this challenge will be used to outfit the Library. San Diego County provided $10.7 million for the construction of the Library; but the Alpine Community must raise the money needed for furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E ) the cost of which is estimated at $675,000. ALFA has, so far, raised about $350,000.
May 28, 2015 (Alpine) – Local award-winning author Sarka-Jonae Miller recently launched “Ask the Author,” a column for East County Magazine. You’re invited to join us as she discusses her experiences as a publicist and journalist at the Alpine Library on Saturday, June 6th at 1 p.m.