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By Dennis Moore

January 26, 2012 (San Diego)--The San Diego Public Library hosts the 46th Annual Authors Exhibition at the downtown library throughout the month of February. The Local Author Exhibit highlights the intellectual and creative accomplishments of writers in the San Diego region, and I am fortunate to be included among those. The aim of the exhibit is to bring exposure to local talent and to nurture the pursuit of the writing arts in San Diego.

The Mayor and City Council, the Board of Library Commissioners and the San Diego Public Library extend this invitation to attend the 46th Annual Authors Exhibit at the Library, located at 820 E Street, San Diego, California 92101. The exhibit is on display at the library during business hours: Monday-Wednesday 12-8 p.m, Tues.-Friday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sundays 1-5 p.m.

 East County Magazine has played a major role in a number of the authors that will attend this reception, including this writer. A number of  past and current participants in the Annual Authors Exhibition have had their first book reviews in the East County Magazine.
These includeg Max Sturman (Obesity – The Solution and The Cancer Rip-Off), Joshua Graham (Beyond Justice), Paul Vanderwood (Satan’s Playground), TJ Johnson (Chapter & Verse: Crosswords And Other Puzzles), Zohreh Ghahremani (Sky of Red Poppies), Anat Tour (The Rainbow Animals and Mama’s Shoe), Cheri Seymour (The Last Circle), Dharlene Marie Fahl (Sereni-Tea: Sipping Self Success), and Lori Brookes (Shadows & Reflections).
Max Sturman has actually been a participant in this event several years running. The author has received letters from the White House and politicians locally supporting his initiatives in regard to health and nutrition. He is one of San Diego’s unsung heroes.
When East County Magazine hosted an authors’ event at Barnes & Noble – Grossmont, in April 2011, which I moderated, I selected TJ Johnson, Linda Loegel and Joshua Graham to participate in a panel discussion as to how to get published. It was also at that event that I met the aforementioned Anat Tour, who was interested in getting her Mama’s Shoe published. A couple of weeks later, Anat had Mama’s Shoe published as an eBook, and later came The Rainbow Animal
s. Now, she will be at this prestigious Annual Authors Exhibition, along with her fellow scribes. I am so proud to be associated with all of these impressive writers.
Leading up to this 46th Annual Authors Exhibition, a couple of the participants in this event, TJ Johnson and Debra Roberts, participated with this writer in the seventh year anniversary of the Diamond Literary Festival (DLF) aboard the William D. Evans docked behind the Bahia Hotel in Mission Bay, deemed as the 2011 Diamond Literary Dinner Cruise – celebrating local authors in good taste and elegant ambiance. 

I was fortunate to be the guest speaker that night, which East County Magazine ran a story on. It is fair to say, that wherever the literary arts are celebrated, East County Magazine will be there.
With the new partnership of East County Magazine and SDWriteway, an online newsletter for writers in San Diego, where I have also been the book review editor, the opportunities for writers in Southern California should increase exponentially. I have also written reviews in SDWriteway of other past and current participants in the Annual Authors Exhibition, namely; Sam Warren, the founder of SDWriteway (The Bible: The Greatest Fraud Ever Told), John Inman (Tonk and the Battle of the 200), Debra Roberts (Negroes, Flies and Wet Toilet Paper: Confessions of a Preacher’s Daughter – Losing My Religion and Finding God), Iolanda Scripca (Lava of My Soul), Bryna Kranzler (The Accidental Anarchist) and Linda Loegel (Bumps Along The Way and If You Don’t Like Worms, Keep Your Mouth Shut). Collectively, East County Magazine and SDWriteway can offer a lot more to the writing profession in Southern California.
Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the fact that my book about Chicago politics, The City That Works: Power, Politics and Corruption in Chicago, was first previewed in the East County Magazine some two years ago. After writing all these reviews for other authors, I was encouraged to complete my book and  be in attendance with all these other illustrious writers at the 46th Annual Authors Exhibition.
In addition to writing reviews for the aforementioned authors, I also arranged book signings for some, namely; Cheri Seymour at Barnes & Noble in Oceanside, Joshua Graham, Iolanda Scripca and Linda Loegel at Borders in La Mesa, and TJ Johnson and Debra Roberts at the Malcolm X Library in San Diego. As a matter of fact, Debra Roberts’ book signing is actually during Black History Month at the Library on February 23, 2012. Debra is another one of those aspiring artists that I met while I was moderating the Authors Event for East County Magazine at Barnes & Noble – Grossmont. It is all about supporting each other and our literary pursuits.
The aforementioned Zohreh Ghahremani, author of Sky of Red Poppies, will also be a participant in another San Diego County library program, One Book, One San Diego. Hosted by the Library and KPBS, One Book, One San Diego features author talks, book discussions at libraries and other community events exploring themes in the selection titles. After I had written my review of Zohreh’s book for the East County Magazine, I had the pleasure of riding with her up to Oceanside to attend the aforementioned book signing for Cheri Seymour’s The Last Circle. Iolanda Scripca joined us there. That is the type of support system for each other that we have created in Southern California. I am sure it will also be in evidence the night of February 3, at the  Annual Authors Exhibition in downtown San Diego.
It should be noted, that the aforementioned Joshua Graham, will be a participant at the  Annual Authors Exhibition, with another book that unfortunately I did not have the chance to review, Once We Were Kings. If it is anything like Beyond Justice, which I recommended in my review of should be made into a movie,  it is bound to be a bestseller. It is also interesting to note, that after I had written my review of Joshua Graham’s Beyond Justice, he and another talented author that I had earlier written a review of her book in East County Magazine, collaborated to become co-hosts of a weekly internet radio show for writers; Dialogue: Between the Lines. I had the honor of being a guest on their show.
The great thing about this Annual Authors Exhibition is the fact that it affords all of the participants an opportunity to conduct a book signing at the library at a future date, and that all of the participants will have their books on display in the lobby of the downtown library throughout the month of February. We will also each receive a medallion for our participation in this event. Max Sturman has several of them.
East County Magazine is fortunate indeed to be associated with all these great writers, and trust that we have made a contribution to their success.
Dennis Moore is a member of the San Diego Writers/Editors Guild. He has also been a freelance contributor to the San Diego Union-Tribune Newspaper and EURweb. Mr. Moore can be contacted at damien_brandy@yahoo.com or on Twitter at @DennisMoore8.


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46th Annual Local Authors Exhibit

What a great time we all had last night at the 46th Annual Local Authors Exhibit at the downtown San Diego Library. I was particularly thrilled to have Zoereh Ghahremani, author of "Sky of Red Poppies," single me out for encouraging her to attend the 45th Annual Event last year. I was also thrilled to be introduced by Anat Tour, author of "Mama's Shoe" and "The Rainbow Animals," to her husband and father. Anat actually credits her father for her writing abilities. Joshua Graham, as always, was a delight to get reacquainted to. Sam Warren and I actually found the time to discuss politics, among other things. I was honored to wear that medallion around my neck, as evidence of my book about Chicago politics; "The City That Works: Power, Politics and Corruption in Chicago," being on display. 

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