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By Sam Warren, San Diego Write Way

May 21, 2016 (San Diego) – The next two weeks include many events for readers and writers, from appearances by award-winning authors to workshops and classes across our region.



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May 22 (Sunday, 12:00 pm) — As part of our ongoing Weekend with Locals Program we will be hosting Jack Phillips, author of Off the Deep End.

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

Monday, May 23 (7:30 pm) — Warwick's is hosting the Pulitzer Prize finalist Adam Haslett to discuss and sign Imagine Me Gone. Adam Haslett is the author of the short story collection You Are Not a Stranger Here, which was a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist, and the novel Union Atlantic, winner of the Lambda Literary Award and shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize.

When Margaret's fiancé, John, is hospitalized for depression in 1960s London, she faces a choice: carry on with their plans despite what she now knows of his condition, or back away from the suffering it may bring her. She decides to marry him. Imagine Me Gone is the unforgettable story of what unfolds from this act of love and faith. At the heart of it is their eldest son, Michael, a brilliant, anxious music fanatic who makes sense of the world through parody. Over the span of decades, his younger siblings — the savvy and responsible Celia and the ambitious and tightly controlled Alec — struggle along with their mother to care for Michael's increasingly troubled and precarious existence.

Told in alternating points of view by all five members of the family, this searing, gut-wrenching, and yet frequently hilarious novel brings alive with remarkable depth and poignancy the love of a mother for her children, the often inescapable devotion siblings feel toward one another, and the legacy of a father's pain in the life of a family. 

Warwick's Books, 7812 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, Ph. (858) 454-0347,

May 24 (Tuesday, 7:30 pm) — Warwick's is hosting author Leon Shapiro to discuss and sign his new book, The Power of Peers. Leon Shapiro is the former CEO of Vistage International.

Birds of a feather flock together. We're all in the same boat. Great minds think alike. While just figures of speech to some, they reflect a simple truth: it's the company we keep that often determines the level of personal growth and professional success we achieve in life.

Business leaders exchange information and ideas. They network to make deals and build partnerships. They work together to optimize best practices, and they reach out to leaders outside their companies to accelerate growth. Simply put, CEOs and business leaders provide value to one another that they can t find anywhere else. In The Power of Peers, authors Leon Shapiro and Leo Bottary introduce peer advantage, a concept that transcends peer influence. This is what CEOs and business leaders experience when they are more selective, strategic, and structured in the way they engage their peers. Peer advantage gives CEOs the insights to compete and the courage to act.

The Power of Peers features stories of business leaders from a range of industries to illustrate the five essential factors for peer advantage, how it impacts personal growth and why it has proven so effective in helping leaders identify future opportunities and challenges. It's what top, growth-oriented executives have relied upon for decades to be successful in business and in life.

Warwick's Books, 7812 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, Ph. (858) 454-0347,


May 25 (Wednesday, 7:30 pm) — Warwick's is hosting former secret service agent Clint Hill and award-winning journalist Lisa McCubbin to discuss and sign their book Five Presidents. Clint Hill is former Secret Service agent who was in the presidential motorcade during the John F. Kennedy assassination and he with Lisa McCubbin is the bestselling author of Mrs. Kennedy and Me and Five Days in November.

Secret Service agent Clint Hill brings history intimately and vividly to life as he reflects on his seventeen years protecting the most powerful office in the nation. Hill walked alongside Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, and Gerald R. Ford, seeing them through a long, tumultuous era the Cold War; the Cuban Missile Crisis; the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy; the Vietnam War; Watergate; and the resignations of Spiro Agnew and Richard M. Nixon.

Some of his stunning, never-before-revealed anecdotes include:

 - Eisenhower's reaction at Russian Prime Minister Khrushchev's refusal to talk following the U-2 incident

 - The torture of watching himself in the Zapruder film in a Secret Service training

 - Johnson's virtual imprisonment in the White House during violent anti-Vietnam protests

 - His decision to place White House files under protection after a midnight phone call about Watergate

 - The challenges of protecting Ford after he pardoned Nixon

With a unique insider's perspective, Hill sheds new light on the character and personality of these five presidents, revealing their humanity in the face of grave decisions.

Warwick's Books, 7812 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, Ph. (858) 454-0347,

May 26 (Thursday, 7:30 pm) — Joe Hill signs The Fireman. Reportedly a synthesis of “the epic scope of The Passage and the emotional impact of The Road,” Joe Hill’s apocalyptic thriller, The Fireman, is “set in a world overtaken by an incurable runaway pathogen that causes death by spontaneous combustion.” Fans of the award-winning author have been impatient to read this novel, spurred on by teaser releases via Entertainment Weekly and other sources. Chris Ryall, Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief at IDW Publishing, has worked with Joe on comic works including Locke & Key, Wraith, and The Cape. This is a numbered event. Numbers for the signing line are free with the purchase of The Fireman from Mysterious Galaxy. Books and tickets will be available for pick-up on Tuesday, May 17, starting at 10 am!

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

May 26 (Thursday, 6:30 pm) — Warwick’s presents Holly Madison, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author and Star of E!'s #1 Hit Show The Girls Next Door signing The Vegas Diaries. The #1 New York Times bestselling author returns with this candid, humorous, and captivating memoir chronicling her journey toward reinvention and self-acceptance.

When you've come out the other side of the bizarre, twisted world of the Playboy mansion, where do you land? If you're Holly Madison... there's no place like Las Vegas!

After making the sudden decision to reclaim her life, Holly broke free from the sheltered, deceptive confines of the mansion (which meant exiting a hit television show) and was determined to start her life over... from scratch. Without the security of a job or relationship, she set out to reinvent herself on no one's terms but her own.

Deciding to roll the dice and begin again in the glamorous and dreamlike city of Las Vegas, Holly quickly realized that while she may have left her past in the rearview mirror, the labels and stereotypes that came from it weren't so quick to leave her. With a fierce commitment to take charge of her own narrative, Holly dives headfirst into a journey of self-discovery. After a whirlwind stint on Dancing with the Stars, she snags the coveted lead role in the Strip's hottest new burlesque spectacular and lands a reality series spotlighting her new life as a single woman.

If her own television show and dream job as a showgirl weren't enough to keep her busy, Holly explores the decadent, exclusive inner-world of Sin City, navigating it's social and dating scene with humor and heart. When it comes to romance, she is met with an eclectic cast of characters, from fame hounds to long distance loves to the occasional celebrity and more than one tabloid mishap. In this reflective, heartwarming memoir, Holly learns that each dating disaster holds an important, and in some cases difficult to face, lesson about herself.

The Vegas Diaries is a comedy of errors, set against the glitz and glamour of the dazzling Vegas strip. Through the wild and crazy experiences on one young woman's quest to "have it all," Holly faces her fears, anxieties, and insecurities to discover that her journey to self-sufficiency is also her path to healing. Letting go of trying to prove herself to others, Holly finally gains the courage to confront her past-and in the process finds the life and love she deserves.

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

May 27 (Friday, 7:30 pm)Laura Tims signs Please Don't Tell. Join us in welcoming YA author Laura Tims signing her debut novel, Please Don’t Tell. Laura is a self-proclaimed writer of “books about strange relationships, pain, and people who are scared but good.” Please Don’t Tell explores the complicated relationship between two twin sisters and how far one will go for the other. According to Publishers Weekly, “While keeping the tension dialed up, Tims expertly depicts the uncertainties of teen life and the sometimes-blurry line between right and wrong.” Join us as we pick Laura’s brain on writing suspense, secrets, sisterhood, and more!

Joy killed Adam Gordon for what he did to her sister, Grace. At least, that's what she thinks happened. Now Adam can t hurt anyone ever again, and her sister can be free from the boy who harmed her.

But someone else knows what Joy did and they’re going to out her as a cold-blooded killer if she doesn’t expose the scandalous secrets bubbling just below the surface of her mundane town. As the demands escalate, and she finds herself falling for Adam s half brother, Joy must figure out the blackmailer s identity before everything spirals out of control.

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

May 28 (Saturday, 2:00 pm)Sarah M. Chen and S.W. Lauden sign in San Diego. Join us in welcoming two crime fiction authors, Sarah M. Chen and S.W. Lauden, as they discuss their newly-released noir novellas. Sarah has published over a dozen short stories in various anthologies, including All Due Respect, Dead Guns Press, Betty Fedora, and Crime Factory. Cleaning Up Finn is her first book which features hard-partying restaurant manager, Finn Roose. When he takes out an underage girl on one of his infamous booze cruises and loses her – literally, it sparks a massive manhunt. Finn is an expert manipulator but his endless lies only tighten the screws on himself and his unsuspecting best friend. This is Sarah’s first signing of her debut novel; come help her celebrate!

S.W. Lauden’s short fiction has appeared in Criminal Element, Dark Corners, Dead Guns Magazine, and Crimespree Magazine, to name a few. His novel, Bad Citizen Corporation, featuring East L.A. cop and former punk rocker, Greg Salem, debuted last year with Rare Bird Books. Crosswise is a fun suspense novella featuring Tommy Ruzzo, a disgraced NYPD cop who heads security at Precious Acres, a Florida retirement community. When he discovers a murdered senior citizen on the bocce ball court, Ruzzo follows the trail of clues, and nobody escapes suspicion.

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

May 28 (Saturday, 4:00 pm)Jennifer Anne Davis signs Rise. Join us for an afternoon of fantasy and ancient magic as we welcome local author Jennifer Anne Davis. Jennifer is the award-winning author of several titles, including the True Reign series, and is back with a new series: Order of the Krigers. Rise is the first book in the young adult high fantasy series taking place in the Kingdom of Nelebek, where people live in persecution from the evil Morlet, who reigns with a dark and destructive magic. Morlet is hunting down the last of the twelve warriors of the Order of the Krigers, 16-year-old Kaja. The new series – and the event, which will include refreshments – are not to be missed!

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

May 29 (Sunday, 12:00 pm) — As part of our ongoing Weekend with Locals Program we will be hosting George Konar, author of Pre-Senior/Senior Survival Guide.

Warwick's Books, 7812 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, Ph. (858) 454-0347,

June 1 (Wednesday, 7:30 pm) —  John Hart is the author of four New York Times bestsellers and the only author in history to win a Best Novel Edgar Award for consecutive novels, Down River and The Last Child. His long-awaited latest title, Redemption Road, is another atmospheric thriller set in North Carolina. The story revolves around three main characters: a troubled detective under investigation for a brutal shooting, an ex-cop just released from prison, and a boy who wants to avenge the death of his mother. Throughout all of this, a serial killer lurks, kidnapping and torturing several women. Redemption Road is a chilling literary thriller, proving once again that John Hart is a master storyteller.

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

June 2 (Thursday, 7:30 pm) — Warwick's is hosting bestselling author, Taxi star, and Celebrity Apprentice contestant Marilu Henner to discuss and sign her book Marilu Henner. The New York Times bestselling author and beloved actor from the sitcom Taxi, Marilu Henner delivers an intimate account of how she and her husband stood together and triumphed.

After they'd been dating only a short while, and as they were falling madly in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond.

In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back and why a diagnosis doesn't have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. Takeaways, tips, and practical advice make this a useful guide for anyone working to sustain a relationship through the adversity of disease.

Written with an engaging voice, a sense of humor, and life-changing wisdom, Changing Normal is a personal and touching look at how Marilu and Michael faced down a cancer diagnosis and came out the other side happier, healthier, and more in love than ever.

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

June 3 (Friday, 7:30 pm) —  Publishers Weekly’s review of Southern California comics creator Malachi Ward’s collection, From Now On, notes, "Like Bradbury, Ward offers brief insights into worlds far away, both in distance and time. He clearly delights in dreaming up these distant places...." Malachi Ward is the creator of the Ritual series for Revival House Press, The Expansion series with Matt Sheean, The Scout, Utu, and Top Five, which is included in the 2013 edition of Houghton Mifflin’s Best American Comics, edited by Jeff Smith. Spend the evening exploring speculative fiction through the medium of illustrated narrative.

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

June 4 (Saturday, 2:00 pm) Roger L. Conlee signs his new book, Deep Water at Mysterious Galaxy, 5943 Balboa Ave, Suite 100, San Diego. For additional information, go to or call (858) 268-4747.

June 5 (Sunday, 12:00 pm) — As part of our ongoing Weekend with Locals Program we will be hosting Antonio F. Vianna, author of Secret Kept Hidden at Warwick's Books, 7812 Girard Ave, La Jolla (858) 454-0347,

June 5 (Sunday, 4:00 pm) — Warwick's is hosting New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Storm and War, Sebastian Junger to discuss and sign Tribe.He is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and has been awarded a National Magazine Award and an SAIS-Novartis Prize for journalism. He lives in New York City.

We have a strong instinct to belong to small groups defined by clear purpose and understanding—"tribes." This tribal connection has been largely lost in modern society, but regaining it may be the key to our psychological survival.

Decades before the American Revolution, Benjamin Franklin lamented that English settlers were constantly fleeing over to the Indians-but Indians almost never did the same. Tribal society has been exerting an almost gravitational pull on Westerners for hundreds of years, and the reason lies deep in our evolutionary past as a communal species. The most recent example of that attraction is combat veterans who come home to find themselves missing the incredibly intimate bonds of platoon life. The loss of closeness that comes at the end of deployment may explain the high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder suffered by military veterans today.

Combining history, psychology, and anthropology, Tribe explores what we can learn from tribal societies about loyalty, belonging, and the eternal human quest for meaning. It explains the irony that-for many veterans as well as civilians-war feels better than peace, adversity can turn out to be a blessing, and disasters are sometimes remembered more fondly than weddings or tropical vacations. Tribe explains why we are stronger when we come together, and how that can be achieved even in today's divided world.

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



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May 23 (Monday, 6:30) — The San Diego Writers/Editors Guild presents Larry Edwards who will talk about the many aspects of marketing on social media, Using Social Media for Promoting Your Book – The Why, Where, When and How.

Larry Edwards is an award-winning author, editor, and publisher, and an accomplished marketer of several books, including Dare I Call It Murder: a Memoir of Violent Loss. Published in 2013, the memoir has been an Amazon best-seller in two categories — memoir and true-crime. Through his marketing efforts, his book has received 177 Amazon reader reviewers (106 being 5-star ratings) and has sold nearly 10,000 copies.

In his presentation, Larry will discuss the most effective Social Media platforms as marketing tools for developing a following of readers, how often an author should post, what is effective material to post, and how to develop a mailing list (and whether a mailing list is even necessary). He will also share the do’s and don’ts of using Social Media.

Larry serves as a freelance manuscript editor through Polishing Your Prose, and has edited a number of award-winning books. As a publishing consultant, he guides authors through the publishing process for paperback and hardcover books, as well as eBooks. Under his publishing arm, Wigeon Publishing, he edited and produced Murder Survivor’s Handbook: Real-Life Stories, Tips & Resources by Connie Saindon, which received a prestigious Gold Award in the 2015 Benjamin Franklin book awards competition sponsored by the Independent Book Publishers Association.

Remember, this year May has five Mondays; we meet on the 4th Monday – don’t miss Larry’s sure-to-be-informative presentation. A $5 donation from non-members is requested.

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June 5 (Sunday, 12:00 pm 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:

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