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August 29, 2016 (San Diego) – Upcoming literary events including open Shakespeare readings, author book signings, book discussions, writing workshops, confessions of a writing coach, and a Star Trek anniversary celebration.




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August 29 (Monday, 7:30 pm) — Warwick's is hosting authors Barbara Y. Martin and Dimitri Moraitis to discuss and sign their new book Change Your Aura, Change Your Life.  Affectionately known as the “Mozart of Metaphysics,” Barbara Y. Martin is a clairvoyant and was one of the first lecturers on the aura and the human energy field. Dimitri Moraitis is co-founder and Executive Director of the renowned Spiritual Arts Institute. Martin and Moraitis are the authors of the award-winning books Karma and Reincarnation, The Healing Power of Your Aura, Communing with the Divine, and the updated edition of the international bestseller Change Your Aura, Change Your Life. Included is a demonstration of an aura reading.

In this groundbreaking book, renowned aura expert Barbara Martin, known as the Mozart of Metaphysics, leads you through her technique for improving the aura--a technique she has taught to thousands.

Warwick's Books, 7812 Girard Ave, La Jolla (858) 454-0347,

September 4 (Sunday, 3:30 pm) —  Jonathan Maberry signs and discusses Vault of Shadows, Scary Out Thwew and Dead Man's Song.

Our Sunday afternoon continues with prolific and popular local and international best-selling author Jonathan Maberry in a spotlight retrospective of his past and current work. Vault of Shadows is the second installment in Jonathan’s Nightsiders cross-genre supernatural alien invasion middle grade series. In his introduction to Scary Out There, featuring short fiction and verse offerings from more than 20 members of the Horror Writers of America, editor Jonathan notes, “Being alone, being ignored, not fitting in, peer pressure... man, there are so many kinds of fear out there.” Jonathan will also sign copies of his recent story collection, Whistling Past the Graveyard, as well as the 10th Anniversary rerelease of Dead Man’s Song, second in the Pine Deep trilogy.

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

September 6 (Tuesday, 6:45 to 8:30 pm) —  Anthony and Cleopatra. 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;

September 7 (Wednesday, 7:00 pm) —  San Diego Book Discussion Group discusses Off to Be the Wizards by Scott Meyer.

The monthly San Diego Book Discussion Group is facilitated by Fearless Leader Christine. Participation is open to all readers; readers need not have completed a particular book to attend – it’s the perfect opportunity to branch out and find new favorites! Attendees receive 20% off of the current book club selection, Off to Be the Wizard, by web comic “Basic Instructions” creator Scott Meyer. The first book in the Magic 2.0 series introduces 20-something geek Martin, who discovers that magic is nothing more than a particularly elaborate manipulation of the computer construct of life.

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

September 8 (Thursday, 7:3 0 pm) —  Warwick's is hosting author Scott Stambach to discuss and sign his novel, The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko. Scott Stambach lives in San Diego where he teaches physics and astronomy at Grossmont and Mesa colleges.

Seventeen-year-old Ivan Isaenko is a life-long resident of the Mazyr Hospital for Gravely Ill Children in Belarus. Born deformed, yet mentally keen with a frighteningly sharp wit, strong intellect, and a voracious appetite for books, Ivan is forced to interact with the world through the vivid prism of his mind. For the most part, every day is exactly the same for Ivan. That is until the seventeen-year-old Polina arrives at the hospital. At first, Ivan resents Polina. She steals his books. She challenges his routine. The nurses like her. But eventually, he is drawn to her and the two forge a romance that is tenuous and beautiful and everything they never dared dream of. And now Ivan wants something, whereas before he survived by being utterly detached from things and people: Ivan wants Polina to live.

Hilarious and full of heart, The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko is a story about finding hope within the most desperate of circumstances, and it is one that readers won’t soon forget.

Warwick's Books, 7812 Girard Ave, La Jolla (858) 454-0347,

September 9 (Friday, 7:30 pm) —  Writer Mike Johnson and IDW editor Sarah Gaydos celebrate Star Trek's 50th Anniversary.

Gene Rodenberry’s future vision, Star Trek, first aired on September 8, 1966. Mysterious Galaxy and IDW Publishing present a 50th Anniversary celebration of all the 4-color Star Trek worlds, featuring a look at past iterations of the Enterprise crews' comic book adventures, with IDW Publishing Editor Sarah Gaydos, and writer Mike Johnson.  Copies of IDW's Star Trek 50th Anniversary Cover Celebration will be made available for this special event.

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

September 10 (Saturday, 7:00 pm) — Boston poet Richard Martin will read from his new books Techniques in the Neighborhood of Sleep, and Buffoons in the Gene Pool at D.G.Wills Books, 7461 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, 858-456-1800,

“The lines of Richard Martin’s poems have the crisp offhandedness of wire brushes deftly applied to drum skin. Indeed, they are musical, sensational and breed philosophical considerations. The lines seem to want to slip by unassumingly but that you pause on them because the words they are written in recall so appropriately a world you know – a world that they illuminate and thus add to, rather than describe. Whole poems work that way, with a power and fascination that seem to have come from nowhere, or just around the corner.”  — Bill Berkson

September 10 (Saturday, 2:00 pm) —  Alex Marwood signs the new book The Dark Secret. Alex Marwood won the Edgar Award for her debut thriller, The Wicked Girls, and the Macavity Award for her sophomore effort, The Killer Next Door. Alex opens The Darkest Secret with Maria Gavlia’s 2004 email: “Apologies for the general email, but I desperately need your help. My goddaughter, Coco Jackson, disappeared from her family's holiday home in Bournemouth on the night of Sunday/Monday August 29/30th, the bank holiday weekend just gone. Coco is three years old.” A dozen years later Coco’s twin sister, Milly, is informed of their father’s death. Alex alternates between two timelines to build a twisted domestic noir tale of secrets and suspense.

From Edgar Award winner Alex Marwood comes another gripping psychological thriller. When a child goes missing at an opulent house party, it makes international news. But what really happened to Coco Jackson?

Real estate mogul Sean Jackson is throwing himself a splashy fiftieth birthday party, but trouble starts almost immediately: His ex-wife has sent his teenage daughters to the party without telling him; his current wife has fired the nanny; and he's finding it difficult to sneak away to his mistress. Then something truly terrible happens: one of his three-year-old twins goes missing. No trace of her is ever found. The attendees of the party, nicknamed the Jackson Associates by the press, become infamous overnight.

Twelve years later, Sean is dead. The Jackson Associates assemble for the funeral, together for the first time since that fateful weekend. Soon the barbed comments and accusations are flying. By the end of the weekend, one will be dead. And one of Sean's daughters will make a shocking discovery.

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

September 11 (Sunday, 10:30 am- 12:30 pm) — The Good Earth / Great Chefs and The Chino Farm are pleased to host a book launch celebration for San Diego author Tershia d’Elgin and her book The Man Who Thought He Owned Water: On the Brink with American Farms, Cities, and Food. San Diego has more small farms than any county in the nation. This gripping, personal tale of farm water policies and urban development takes on one of the gravest challenges of our time and provides essential background about farms, food, and water in the West, which is a concern of all of us in San Diego.

Enchanting and informative, The Man Who Thought He Owned Water is an appeal for urban-rural cooperation over water in our pursuit of resiliency.

At The Chino Farm, 6123 Calzada del Bosque Rancho Santa Fe, for further event details please contact Adele Irwin at or 619-889-2271


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:

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Workshops, Classes, Seminars, Book Festivals,

Contests, Workshops, Classes, Seminars, Book Festivals,

Contests and Authors Exhibits

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Go to: for a complete list of all the classes & Events for Writers Ink.


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A drop-in group for writers is held at the El Cajon Branch of the San Diego County Library (201 E. Douglas) at 10:00 am on the first and third Fridays of the month. The group is hosted by Kristin Fogle, Executive Director of Writers, Ink. No registration is necessary – just show up. For more information, call 619-588-3718 or go to

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September 4 (Sunday, 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm) — The Writers Coffeehouse with Jonathan Maberry. 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 is a regular event that meets on the first Sunday of every month from noon to 3:00 pm:

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

September 15 (Thursday, 6:30 pm) — Writing coach Marni Freedman will share her more than 25 years of hard-fought, hard-earned lessons on writing, offering editors insight into the minds of authors at the next program meeting of the San Diego Professional Editors Network (SD/PEN). The presentation, A Writing Coach Tells All, will take place at in the San Diego County Health Services Complex.

Marni Freedman is a produced, published, award-winning writer, and licensed therapist. Marni is a popular teacher and writing coach and brings her unique approach to creativity to writing conferences and corporations across the country. She runs the successful San Diego Writers Network, produces a yearly theatrical Memoir Showcase, and runs her own Writing Coach business (, managing all aspects of writers’ careers, including content creation, editing, platform building, branding, social media, and copyediting.

The program meeting cost is free to SD/PEN members and only $10.00 for nonmembers. The evening will include snacks and beverages and an opportunity to network before and after the presentation.

RSVP via email to no later than Wednesday, September 14.