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By Jillian Hymer


January 7, 2018 (San Diego’s East County)--Readers and writers in East County can attend literary events at local libraries.  Scroll down for in-depth details on January events and some February-March listings in East County, which we've listed in four categories: events for writers such as workshops and critique groups, author appearances, poetry events, and book clubs for readers to discuss literary works.


You can  get information on more upcoming events on the San Diego County Library website.





Jan 9, Feb. 13, March 13 : PINE VALLEY 7-8 p.m.

          Writer’s Group. Every 2nd Tuesday. Adult.


Jan 13 and 27: CAMPO-MORENA VILLAGE 10:30 a.m - 12 p.m.

Writer’s Group. 2nd and 4th Saturday.  “Writers and those who want to write - bring a page of your work for helpful feedback, and bring a pen and notebook for writing exercises!”. Adult.


Jan 24 : POWAY 3:30 p.m.

            Tween Writing Club. Afternoon of creative storytelling. Geared for tweens grades 3-5.


Jan 2, Feb 6, and March 6 : LA MESA 5 - 6 p.m.

Grief Support Writing Workshop. First Tuesday. Adult. VITAS Hospice hosts a drop-in group to explore and better understand your grief through written expression. Not a writer? No problem! We will provide suggested topics for you to get started, or you can write what you wish. This group is supportive, non-judgmental, and free.

Contact: Ben Janzen  858-499-8901



Jan 20 : JULIAN 10:30 a.m.

            Diana Lindsay, author of “Anza-Borrego Desert Region”. Adult, Older Adult.


Jan 23 : RANCHO SAN DIEGO 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

             Adult. Diana Lindsay author of “Anza-Borrego Desert Region”. Adult.

             Contact: Branch Staff  619-660-5370


Jan 28 : EL CAJON 2 - 4 p.m.

Local Author Expo: Presentations followed by a meet and greet. 3 guest authors:Guest authors include Roger Conlee ("Deep Water"), Karri Thompson ("MIRROR X") and Wanjiru Warama ("Unexpected America").


Jan 31 : LEMON GROVE 6 - 7 p.m.

Book publishing & writing 1, 2, &3 Workshop. Grab a pen and join us for this lively class which will teach you how to connect with literary agents, boost your creativity and promote your writing. Presenter Laurie Gibson has worked with authors like Brian Tracy and Alice Walker.



Jan 13, Feb. 10 and March 10 : RANCHO SAN DIEGO 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

              Poetry Out Loud with Ariel Lucas. Adult. Listen to poems old and new. 2nd Sat.




Jan 2 and Feb 6 : JULIAN 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Non-Fiction Book Club. Each month will be a different book. First Tuesday of the month. Adult.


Jan 5 : SANTEE 10 - 11 a.m.

Mystery Lovers Book Club. This Month: Twelve Angry Librarians by Miranda James. Adult. First Friday Every month.


Feb 2 : Mystery Lovers Book Club. (Devil’s Bridge by Lisa Farstein)


March 2  : Mystery Lovers Book Club (Laughter of Dead Kings by Elizabeth Peters).

Contact: Branch Staff  619-448-1863


Jan 5, Feb 2, and March 2 : CASA de ORO 10:30 - 12:30 p.m.

Coffee & Conversation Book Club. Women’s Fic and Non-Fic. Adult. In January, share favorite books, and of month and select books for Feb. First Friday.


Jan 6 and Feb 3 : ALPINE 3 - 4:30 p.m.

Create a dish using a library cookbook (from the current theme) at home, then join us for a monthly group discussion in the library. Participants are encouraged to bring a small sample for the group to taste and the specific recipe book used to each meeting. Adult, older adult.


Jan 8 : CASA de ORO 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Our Book Club. Book Club for Men and their unique perspective. The Lost Order by Steve Berry.


Jan 8 : LAKESIDE 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Kaffeeklatsch - BookTalks. Book talks and light refreshments. Adult.

Contact: Doris Adam-Hillert


Jan 9 : CAMPO-MORENA VILLAGE 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

            Book club/discussion. Adult. Call the branch for this month’s title.

            Contact: Campo branch staff  619-478-5945


Jan 9 : EL CAJON 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (see below for more upcoming dates)

            Whodunit Book Club. Armchair sleuths. Variety of mystery writers. Adult. Every Tuesday.


Jan 16, Jan 23 Jan 30, Feb 6, Feb 13, Feb 20, Feb 27, March 6, March 13, March 20, March 27.


Jan 9  and Jan. 23 : JULIAN 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Manga Club. 2 & 4th Tuesday. Manga and Anime Club. Teen. 2 & 4th Tuesday.


Jan 10 : DESCANSO 10 a.m.

             Mystery Book Club. Fields where they Lay Dashing Through the Snow. Adult.


Jan 10, Feb. 14, March 14 : BORREGO SPRINGS 1:30-2:45 p.m.

              Non Fiction Book Group. Adult, Older adult. Discussion every 2nd Wednesday at 1:30 p.m..


Jan 10 : SPRING VALLEY 6 p.m.

              Mystery Book Club. Badlands by C.J. Box. Light conversation and drinks. Monthly.


Jan 16 : LEMON GROVE 4 - 5 p.m.

              Teen Manga Club. Talk & Trade manga. Japanese snacks.


Jan 16 : PINE VALLEY 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

              Book club/Discussion. Adult.

              Contact: Sherry  619-473-8022


Jan 16 : POWAY 6:30 - 7:45 p.m.

             Poway Library Book Club. “On Gold Mountain” by Lisa See. Adult, Older Adult.


Jan 16 : RANCHO SAN DIEGO 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Adult, Older adult. The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende. Meeting takes place across the street. All library customers are welcome.

Contact: Rancho Staff  619-660-5370


Jan 17 : LA MESA 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Join a lively group of thinkers as we discuss the book of the month. This month we are voting on titles to read in 2018. Adult.

            Contact: Library Staff  619-469-2151


Jan 18 : LA MESA 4 - 5 p.m.

Teen Book club. Pick up a copy of selection any time. Snacks are provided. Talk about thoughts on book and vote on nex title. 6-12th graders.


Jan 18 BORREGO SPRINGS 4:45-6 p.m.

             Adult, Older adult. Book discussions every 3rd thursday at 4:45.


Jan 19, Feb. 16 and March 16: SANTEE 10-11 a.m.

Come listen to book reviews led by our own librarians over coffee and treats. Third Friday of the Month. Adult.

            Contact: Branch Staff  619-448-1863


Jan 19 CASA de ORO 10:30 - 11:20 a.m.

Mystery Book Club. This newly formed group is dedicated to the mystery and suspense genres. In January they will be discussing The Wheel Of Darkness by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. Adult.


Jan 19 : BORREGO SPRINGS 2:30 - 3:45 p.m.

Come join other readers to discuss selected classics in the library community room. 3rd Fridays at 2:30. Adult, older adult.


Jan 20 : ALPINE 10 - 11 a.m.

             Join other book lovers as we discuss a variety of literature. Adult, Older adult.


Jan 20 : ALPINE 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

 Jane Austen Literary Tea Society. Northanger Abbey. Movie doesn’t count. Tea and light refreshments. Adult, older adult, teen.


Jan 23 : ALPINE 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

 Mystery Book Club. Love a mystery? Then this is right up your alley! Join us each month as we chat and munch some goodies. Adult.


Jan 25 : DESCANSO 12:30 p.m.

             Book Club. Victoria by Daisy Goodwin. Adult.


Jan 29 : RAMONA 1 p.m.

             Ramona Book Club. Once Upon A Mulberry Field by C. L. Hoang. Adult.


Jan 31 : FLETCHER HILLS 6:30 - 7:45 p.m.

 Book & Movie discussion. Read the book, watch the movie, and join us for a lively discussion! January's selection is "One for the Money" by Janet Evanovich. Copies of the book and movie are available at the desk. Adult, older adult, Teen.


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