San Diego Bookshelf

BEHIND THE SCENES WORLD OF U.S. INTELLIGENCE

 

Whistleblower At The CIA: A Path Of Dissent – An Insider’s Account Of The Politics Of Intelligence, by Melvin A. Goodman (City Lights Books, San Francisco, 2017, 421 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

August 16, 2017 (San Diego) - Melvin A. Goodman, a former Soviet analyst at the CIA and the Department of State for 24 years, and a professor of international relations at the War College for 18 years, has written an intriguing and thought provoking book about espionage and politics; Whistleblower at the CIA. This is a timely and definitive book on the current state of affairs between America and Russia.

T. JEFFERSON PARKER AUTHOR VISIT AT LEMON GROVE LIBRARY SEPT. 30

 

East County News Service

August 10, 2017 (Lemon Grove) -- Bestselling author T. Jefferson Parker will visit the Lemon Grove Library on Saturday, September 30 at 2:00 P.M. to promote his new novel The Room of White Fire. Parker will read excerpts from the book, discuss themes from the story, answer questions from the audience, and sign copies of the book.

"COAST TO CACTUS" SPEAKER AT ALPINE HISTORICAL SOCIETY POTLUCK MEETING ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 20TH

 

East County News Service

August 8, 2017 (Alpine) -- The quarterly potluck meeting of the Alpine Historical Society will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 20th at the Alpine Woman’s Club, 2156 Alpine Blvd. The speaker, Rochelle Lynn Gaudette, will discuss new the exhibit titled Coast to Cactus in Southern California and the accompanying book Coast to Cactus: The Canyoneer Trail Guide to San Diego Outdoors. If you have ever been curious about the geology, ecology and biodiversity of San Diego County this is a great opportunity to learn from an expert.

READERS & WRITERS CALENDAR OF EVENTS: JULY 21-AUG. 4

 

Copyright 2017 by Sam Warren



July 19, 2017 (San Diego) -- Like a zombie rising from the grave, Crown Books has come back to life. Like Borders and a number of other book sellers who were killed off by the likes of Amazon, they bit the dust in 2001 after being the third largest bookstore in the country. But the spirit was still alive and was bought lock stock and barrel including the loco and name by Rancho Penasquitos businessman Andy Wiess and reincarnated in Encinitas. They now sell used books at low prices.

But if you want to find a book more current and even meet the authors, look below and give an author some support by visiting one of the following book signings.


MEET NATURE ADVENTURES! AUTHOR LINDA GALLO HAWLEY AT CAR SHOWS JULY 13 AND 20 IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

Longtime Mission Trails Regional Park docent and author of the new book Nature Adventures! will sign books at Maxwell’s House of Books Thursdays, July 13th and 20th

July 10, 2017 (La Mesa) -- She’s not originally from around here, but New York transplant and lifelong educator, Linda Gallo Hawley, can school most San Diegans on the region's native flora, fauna and even cultural history. In fact, she’s made her own mark on the culture of the region through her monthly “Nature Adventures!” programs at Mission Trails Regional Park, where she guides primary school children through the park’s many trails, pointing out unique and interesting plants and signs of wildlife along the way, all while singing catchy tunes like “The Ecosystem Song” and the “Big Brown Bats Song.” Now visitors to the La Mesa Classic Car Show have two chances to meet the captivating teacher in person.

READERS & WRITERS CALENDAR OF EVENTS: JULY 9-23

 

Copyright 2017 by Sam Warren

July 8, 2017 (San Diego) -- If you are like me, you like to scan and feel a book before putting out hard cash for a copy. With online bookstores like Amazon and their ilk causing many brick and mortar bookstores to go out of business, other than the local library, it is getting more difficult to do this. Being a minor author myself, I feel guilty in telling you this as it deprives authors of their well-earned royalties. However, I enjoy browsing through thrift and second hand shops. I know that it is impractical, but I believe that no book should be sold commercially unless the author gets some kind of remuneration.

Scroll down for a full list of local readers’ and writers’ events.

READERS & WRITERS CALENDAR JULY 2-16, 2017

 

Copyright 2017 by Sam Warren

July 1, 2017 (San Diego) -- If you are going to lie around on the beach this summer season, at least bring a good book. The way to find a good book is to visit an author's book signing. There are signings of everything from self-help to graphic space novels. Also, for you writers and would be writers, there are job openings and classes to take. This week we have Words to Live By by local author Lee Silber.

Scroll down for a full calendar of local events for readers and writers.

THE STRUGGLES OF WOMEN

 

Between the Pages: Where trials become TRIUMPH!,  by Thais Sherell J., (N-Spired Productions, Edison, New Jersey, 2017, 116 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

June 18, 2017 (San Diego) - Thais Sherell J., who characterizes herself as an “agent of change”, has written a provocative and soul-searching book about women and their presumed place in society. The author, who has written and produced television productions, stage productions, film productions, and magazine articles promoting healthy living in and after life’s storms, chronicles the trials and tribulations of Joyce A. McDonald in this riveting and insightful book; Between the Pages: Where trials become TRIUMPH! This well-written and thought provoking book provides plenty of food for thought.

BARONA CULTURAL CENTER AND MUSEUM PRESENTS WAY OUT IN THE DESERT: STORY TIME AND CRAFT EVENT AT LAKESIDE LIBRARY JUNE 24

 

East County News Service

June 15, 2017 (Lakeside) - The Barona Cultural Center & Museum invites kids in grades K-2 and their parents to listen to the book Way Out in the Desert and take an exciting musical tour of the Sonoran Desert as part of the latest Keyip! Kechuw! (Listen! Make!) Native American themed story time and craft event on Saturday, June 24 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Keyip! Kechuw! is a free monthly program designed to inspire young children to read, have fun learning, and get creative. The events are held at the Lakeside Library located at 9839 Vine Street.

CHECK OUT A FREE SAN DIEGO MUSEUM OF ART PASS AT ANY SAN DIEGO COUNTY LIBRARY

 

Source:  County News Service

Photo:  Creative commons image by Bernard Gagnon via Wikipedia

June 12, 2017 (San Diego) -- San Diego County Library and The San Diego Museum of Art are partnering to provide free museum passes to library customers. This innovative partnership allows library customers to check out a pass for the museum just as they would a book.

DIANA LINDSAY’S “COAST TO CACTUS” GUIDE TAKES FIRST PLACE HONORS FROM OUTDOOR WRITERS GROUP

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 25, 2017 (San Diego)—“Coast to Catcus: The Canyoneer Trail Guide to San Diego Outdoors” by Diana Lindsay has received first place in the Outdoor Writers Association California’s 2017 Craft Awards Media Competition. Judges felt that the design and visual appeal of the entry was “Inspiring, intriguing and compelling.”

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW WITH NOVELIST MOLLIE MOON, AUTHOR OF FIVE WISHES

 

By Miriam Raftery, East County Magazine

May 20, 2017 (San Diego) – Mollie Moon, author of the novel Five Wishes,  sat down for an exclusive interview with Reina Menasche, host of the Bookshelf segment on East County Magazine’s Show on KNSJ radio.  Hear the full interview by clicking the audio link aboveand read highlights below.

Her novel tracks the journey of a teen girl escaping a shanty town in Honduras in hopes of finding a better life in America .  Her journey includes living on  city streets and falling prey to a human trafficker, nightmares that befall far too many immigrants coming to America. A German immigrant, Moon has empathy with immigrants around the world in today’s political climate.

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A FARMYARD TALE FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS ALIKE

 

Chuck The Rooster Loses His Voice, by Sigal Haber (Amazon, 2017, 32 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

May 15, 2017 (San Diego) - After many years as a university professor, teaching and researching entrepreneurship and management, Sigal Haber asked herself how to introduce the concept of entrepreneurship to young children?

How does one introduce the concept of entrepreneurship to young children? Teach them in a fun way what does it mean to be a leader in a community and to take responsibility in a humorous way? These questions brought Haber to write the book Chuck the Rooster Loses His Voice.

SMALL BUT MIGHTY, SANTEE LIBRARY CHANGING LIVES

 

Goal of a new library still a long way from fulfillment

By Mike Allen

May 12, 2017 (Santee) -- Santee’s library changes lives, and does it in so many ways.

That was the message of the library branch manager Cheryl Cosart, who made a presentation on its services and programs May 10 to the City Council.

POLITICS: A BIT OF REVISIONIST HISTORY

 

POLITICS: ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE – Commentary and Analysis on Race, War, Ethics and the American Political Landscape in the Age of Obama, by Wilmer J. Leon, III, Ph.D. (AuthorHouse, Bloomington, Indiana, 2016, 332 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

May 10, 2017 (San Diego) - Wilmer J. Leon, III, PhD., has written a provocative and well researched book on politics and race relations; Politics: Another Perspective – Commentary and Analysis on Race, War, Ethics and the American Political Landscape in the Age of Obama. When I read Dr. Leon’s book it is like “preaching to the choir”, particularly his take on the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright in my hometown of Chicago. I am well aware of Dr. Wright’s place in history, and especially as it regards the ascension of Barack Obama to the Presidency of the United States. Former President Barack Obama was actually a member of Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright’s church at one time prior to becoming president, as well as Oprah Winfrey.

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON - LOUIS AND EMMETT TILL

 

Writing to Save a Life: THE LOUIS TILL FILE, by John Edgar Wideman (Scribner, an Imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc, New York, NY, 2016, 193 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

“Unclassifiable and harrowing. The path through the very specific ‘American darkness that disconnects colored fathers from sons’ is found and lost and found again through prose that jumps and shimmers, punches and croons. This is one of those books virtually impossible to write…yet it has been written. And by a great American writer.”

  • JOY WILLIAMS, author of Ninety-Nine Stories of God and The Visiting Privilege

May 3, 2017 (San Diego) - John Edgar Wideman, has written an insightful and provocative book that is full of ironies; Writing to Save a Life: THE LOUIS TILL FILE. It is the story of Louis Till, the father of Emmett Till, the young boy from Chicago who was lynched in Mississippi allegedly for whistling at a white woman. Wideman’s book is the untold story of Louis Till, a man of color who suffered a miscarriage of racial justice a full decade before the infamous lynching of his son, Emmett. This really is about a cruel twist of fate and circumstance that is painful to envision.

AWARDS SEASON HEATS UP FOR SUNBELT PUBLICATIONS

 

By Dennis Moore

May 1, 2017 - San Diego, CA—In the world of independent publishing, spring is the start of award season as finalists are announced in anticipation of summer book fairs.  Two of the most reputable independent publishing award programs announced finalists this week and, once again, works by Sunbelt Publications feature prominently, with Coast to Cactus, Gulf of California Coastal Ecology, and Virginia City collectively advancing in five categories.

LA MESA SHOP NAMED AMONG TOP 50 INDIE BOOKSTORES IN U.S.

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 28, 2017 (La Mesa) – Bookworms, rejoice! Huffington Post has published a list of the best 50 independent bookstores in the U.S.  Five are here in California – including Maxwell’s House of Books in La Mesa.

READERS & WRITERS CALENDAR: APRIL 9-16

 

By Sam Warren, copyright 2017

April 8, 2017 (San Diego) – Whether you’re looking to write your first novel, meet a novelist, or hear from the White House insider who disclosed President Nixon’s secret taping system, you’ll find a trove of events for readers and writers in San Warren’s literary calendar this week.

QIGONG, AN ANCIENT HEALING ART FOR MODERN TIMES: APRIL 4 AT CREST LIBRARY

 

East County News Service

March 28, 2017 (Crest) -- Why do more than 3 million Americans practice an ancient healing art of Qigong from China?  Find out on April 4 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Crest Library (105 Juanita Lane, El Cajon).

SECOND ANNUAL FAMILY PLAY DAY AT THE EL CAJON LIBRARY APRIL 1

 

East County News Service

March 21, 2017 (El Cajon) - The El Cajon branch of the San Diego County Library at 201 E. Douglas Avenue in El Cajon will host its second annual Family Play Day on Saturday, April 1 at 12:00 p.m. There will be crafts and activities for kids of all ages, as families learn how to make play items from common, everyday materials.  It’s fun, inexpensive, and teaches kids how to be resourceful.  This event is sponsored by the Friends of the El Cajon Library.

WISHING FOR A BETTER LIFE

 

Five Wishes, by Mollie Moon (Suka Press LLC, Carlsbad, California, 2017, 346 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

When you enter into freedom, possibility comes to meet you.

  • John O’Donohue

March 20, 2017 (San Diego) - Mollie Moon has escaped the cold European winters for a life in Southern California, where she lives with a bossy feline and occasional sand in her shoes, to write this fictional account of a young Latina breaking with family and cultural traditions; Five Wishes.

ROSES, TEA AND EMMA WITH THE EAST COUNTY ROSE SOCIETY APRIL 15

 

 

East County News Service

March 10, 2017 (Alpine) - Join the East County Rose Society as they drink tea and discuss Jane Austen's novel, Emma, on April 15 at 2:00 p.m. at the Alpine Library.

FAR MORE THAN A HIKING GUIDE!

 

Update! Hear our interview with author Diana Lindsay, originally aired on KNSJ radio, by clicking the audio link.  She discusses her book, the Anza Borrego Foundation and its anniversary,  as well as the colorful lore of the Anza Borrego Desert.

 

Coast to Cactus: The Canyoneer Trail Guide to San Diego Outdoors, by Diana Lindsay (Sunbelt Publications, Inc., San Diego, California, 2016, 595 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

In the end, we will conserve only what we love

We will love only what we understand,

We will understand only what we are taught.

  • Baba Dioum, Senegalese Conservationist

March 3, 2017 (San Diego) - The beauty and splendor of outdoor life in San Diego County is exemplified in this book by Diana Lindsay, managing editor of Sunbelt Publications; Coast to Cactus: The Canyoneer Trail Guide to San Diego Outdoors. Along with Paula Knoll and Terri Varnell, of the editing team of this groundbreaking book, it is an indispensable guide for hikers and all others interested in the outdoors of this beautiful area called San Diego County.

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SECRETS OF THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL REVEALED MARCH 21 AT CREST LIBRARY

 

Source: San Diego County Library

Photo by Steve Dunleavy, Ansel Adams Wilderness, Pacific Crest Trail

March 2, 2017 (Crest) -- Local hiking enthusiast Dana Law will share his adventures on and tips for hiking the legendary Pacific Crest Trail at a special presentation on March 21st at 6 pm with Crest Library patrons

SAN DIEGO PROFESSIONAL EDITORS NETWORK PROGRAM MARCH 16 FOCUSES ON TECHNICAL EDITING AND WRITING

 

Source: San Diego Professional Editors Network

February 26, 2017 (San Diego) — On Thursday, March 16, 2017, three seasoned technical editors and writers—Sara Feldman, Mark Fogg, and Elizabeth Gray—will participate in a panel discussion at the next program meeting of the San Diego Professional Editors Network (SD/PEN). The panel, “Technically Speaking: The Nuts and Bolts on Technical Editing and Writing,” will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the San Diego County Health Services Complex.

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