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By Sam Warren, Editor, San Diego Writeway

Copyright 2017 by Sam Warren

February 11, 2017 (San Diego) – From a comic convention to author signings to an event with a Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, you’ll find many great events for readers in San Warren’s Literary Calendar.  In addition, the Southern California Writers Conference is coming up—a perfect place for aspiring writers to learn more about the craft.





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February 12 (Sunday, 12:00 pm) — As part of our ongoing Weekend with Locals Program we will be hosting Hannah Cohen and Gloria Harris, authors of Remarkable Women of San Diego.

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

February 15 (Wednesday, 6:30) — Crossing the Military-Civilian Divide: Stories and Conversation – Sometimes it takes a story to start the conversation. Visit the Point Loma/Hervey Branch Library to hear a panel of civilian and veteran authors who write about military life from very different perspectives. Writers Sue Diaz ("Minefields of the Heart") and Elizabeth Marro ("Casualties") will be joined by So Say We All "Incoming" contributors Michelle Kerouac, Derrick Woodford and Adam Stone for readings and conversation.

February 17 to 20 (Friday-Monday) — The San Diego Comic Fest is the friendly comic convention with a casual atmosphere and an intimate scale that allows fans to mingle directly with professionals and exhibitors. It’s a place to indulge one’s love of comics, science fiction, and films, and meet an outstanding array of professional creators without high-priced tickets, crowding, or long lines. Attending prose author guests are David Brin (Chasing Shadows), Greg Bear (Take Back the Sky), and Gregory Benford (Shipstar). The Comic Fest Café will celebrate the centennial of the birth of legendary comics creator and all-around wonderful human being Jack “King” Kirby. Mysterious Galaxy will be on-site in the newer, closer venue supporting the author guests.

For more information and tickets, please visit the official San Diego Comic Fest website.

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Event address: The Four Points Sheraton, 8110 Aero Drive, San Diego,

February 20 (Monday, 7:00 pm) — SOLD OUT – Warwick’s and the University of San Diego present New York Times bestselling author Deepak Chopra discussing and signing You Are the Universe at The University of San Diego's Shiley Theatre.

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

February 21 (Tuesday, 6:30 pm) — Roger L. Conlee makes an author visit to discuss and sign his latest historical novel DEEP WATER at the Lemon Grove Library, 3001 School; Lane, Lemon Grove.

February 21 (Tuesday, 2017 10:00 am) — Adventures by the Book™ is pleased to partner with the OSHER Institute of San Diego State University for a Lecture with a Pulitzer Prize Winning Artist featuring political cartoonist, Steve Breen at San Diego State University, Classroom TBA, 5500 Campanile Way, San Diego, CA 92182. This event is by registration only at $39 per person and is open to OLLI Members only.

About the Event: Steve Breen, has been creating award-winning political cartoons for over a decade. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn where Breen gets his inspiration for the political themes he so keenly illustrates. As the new year begins, a new US President will take office, surely leaving Breen with plenty of material for his sketches. Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to spend time with a Pulitzer-Prize winner and see his thoughts on the current political state of the country brought to life on paper.

Students will also get the privileged chance to participate in a captioning contest for one of Steve Breen’s cartoons. The winner will receive an original signed work or book as a prize.

About the Author: Steve Breen became the editorial cartoonist for the Asbury Park Press (NJ) in 1996 and in 2001, was hired by The San Diego Union-Tribune. He is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning (1998 and 2009). Breen has also won the 2007 Berryman Award, the 2009 Thomas Nast Award, the 2010 Fischetti Award and the National Headliner Award in 2009 and 2013. Breen’s children’s books are published by Penguin and include Stick (2007), Violet the Pilot (2008), The Secret of Santa’s Island (2009), and Pug and Doug (2013) and Unicorn Executions and Other Crazy Stuff My Kids Ask Me to Draw (2014).

For additional information regarding the event, please contact Susan McBeth at (619) 300-2532 or at

February 22 (Wednesday, 6:00 -  8:00 pm) — The Future of Cuba After Castro Cuba – The San Diego Diplomacy Council will present a discussion on post-Castro Cuba guided by former national security assistant to President Clinton, Richard E. Feinberg. Feinberg is currently a senior fellow in the Latin American Initiative at Brookings and professor of international political economy in the School of Global Policy and Strategy at UCSD at the La Jolla/Riford Branch Library.

February 22 (Wednesday, 7:30 pm) — Warwick's will host Seth Lerer to discuss and sign his book Tradition. Seth Lerer was born in Brooklyn, New York, and educated at Wesleyan, Oxford, and the University of Chicago. He has taught at Princeton, Stanford, and the University of California at San Diego, and is the author or editor of twelve previous books. His work has been awarded the Harry Levin Prize of the American Comparative Literature Association, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and many other recognitions.

The Literary Agenda is a series of short polemical monographs about the importance of literature and of reading in the wider world and about the state of literary education inside schools and universities. The category of "the literary" has always been contentious. What is clear, however, is how increasingly it is dismissed or is unrecognized as a way of thinking or an arena for thought. It is skeptically challenged from within, for example, by the sometimes rival claims of cultural history, contextualized explanation, or media studies. It is shaken from without by even greater pressures: by economic exigency and the severe social attitudes that can follow from it; by technological change that may leave the traditional forms of serious human communication looking merely antiquated. For just these reasons this is the right time for renewal, to start reinvigorated work into the meaning and value of literary reading.

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

February 23 (Thursday, 7:30 pm) — Warwick's is hosting renowned chef George Geary to discuss and sign his new book L.A.'s Legendary Restaurants. George Geary is a former pastry chef for the Walt Disney Company, a Certified Culinary Professional, and was recently chosen as the Culinary Educator of the Year by the International Association of Culinary Professionals. He is perhaps best known for creating all of the cheesecakes for The Golden Girls and other top-rated television programs. Geary has worked as a critic and/or judge for ABC’s The Taste with Anthony Bourdain, The American Baking Competition with Jeff Foxworthy, and many other popular television shows. Geary is the author of nine cookbooks, including The Cheesecake Bible, The Complete Baking Cookbook, and 125 Best Cheesecake Recipes. He is presently the featured chef on the San Diego Living television show on the CW Network. Geary lives in Los Angeles.

Generations before Entertainment Tonight and TMZ, fans of the big and little screen longed to capture the Hollywood glamour of their favorite stars, most notably where they liked to eat and play. Hollywood lore has it that Elizabeth Taylor had chili from Chasen’s flown to the set of Cleopatra in Rome; Howard Hughes and Errol Flynn were regulars at The Coconut Grove at The Ambassador Hotel, and Shirley Temple enjoyed ice cream at the Pig ‘n Whistle. 

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

February 25 (Saturday, 2:00 pm) — Local author Marie Andreas’ Launch Party for the fourth installment in her Lost Ancients fantasy series, The Sapphire Manticore, will feature refreshments, prizes for drawings, and a “find your drunken faery name” generator! Murderous magic, vanished races, killer relics, and drunken faeries – who knew the end of the world would look like this? The story that began in The Glass Gargoyle, The Obsidian Chimera, and The Emerald Dragon continues... Marie may also offer a sneak peek at the second book in her Asarlaí Wars-space opera series, Victorious Dead, due in late spring.

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

February 25 (Saturday, 7:00 pm) — Poet Bruce Willard will read from his new book Violent Blues at D.G. Wills Books, 7461 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, 858-456-1800,

Violent Blues is a blues-harp album of words, a soundtrack of loss, introspection and renewal– one man’s search for intimacy and enduring music. Its poems are rooted in the natural world and tethered by concrete experience.

Bruce Willard is a graduate of Middlebury College and holds an MFA from Bennington College’s Writing Seminars program. His poems have appeared in 5 A.M., African American Review, Agni Online, Harvard Review, Ploughshares, Salamander, NPR’s Writer’s Almanac, and numerous other publications. His first collection of poems, Holding Ground, was published by Four Way Books in 2013.

February 26 (Sunday, 12:00pm to 2:00 pm) — As part of our ongoing Weekend with Locals Program we will be hosting Tali Nay, author of Fooled,

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


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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:

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