Other literary news

Other literary news

RENEGADES, ROCK HOUSES, AND RESORTS: NEW BOOK CHRONICLES EAST COUNTY HISTORY

By Miriam Raftery

July 2, 2020 (San Diego’s East County) – Author Cheryl Diefenbach’s new book, Renegades, Rock Houses and Resorts…Stories of Jacumba Hot Springs and Surrounds, is now available through the Mountain Empire Historical Society.

The 500-page book, finished after nearly five years of research, chronicles the colorful history of Bankhead Springs, Boulder Park/Desert View Tower, Boulevard/Manzanita, Hipass/Tierra Del Sol, Jacumba Hot Springs, Live Oak Springs, Mountain Springs, and Oasis.


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REV. SHANE PROTESTS CUTS TO LIBRARY FUNDING ON BIRTHDAY OF MALCOLM X

By Miriam Raftery

Photo by Brian Goodin: Rev. Shane Harris, outside Malcolm X Library, speaks out to protect library funding

May 23, 2020 (San Diego) – Civil rights leader Rev. Shane Harris with the People’s Alliance for Justice held a press conference to protest library budget cuts at the Malcolm X Library in San Diego on May 20th, birthday of the slain human rights leader for whom the library is named.


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BORED AT HOME? FREE CLASSES ONLINE IN WRITING, ART, SCIENCE AND MUSIC

Some of history’s greatest works were created during past epidemics

By Miriam Raftery

Photos: Playwright William Shakespeare and physicist Isaac Newton are among those inspired to creative endeavors while in quarantine (public domain images via Wikipedia)

March 24, 2020 (San Diego’s East County) – Creativity can blossom out of hardship. As you’re hunkered down at home due to the COVID-19 epidemic, consider this: during historic epidemic eras, some of the world’s most famous writers, artists and scientists drew inspiration for their greatest works. We've provided a few of their stories, along with some links to free online classes in writing, art, science and music to spark your own creative impulses.


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COUNTY LIBRARIES HALT CURBSIDE CHECKOUT OF BOOKS, GOES ONLINE ONLY

East County News Service

March 19, 2020 (San Diego) – Just one day after announcing curbside checkout of books, the County Library has issued a news release announcing curbside pickup plans are cancelled.  Books and other materials will only be available online during the Covid-19 crisis.  See the county’s full press release below for details. 


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COUNTY LIBRARIES CLOSE, MOVE TO ONLINE SERVICES ONLY

 

March 20, 2020 (San Diego) - The County of San Diego’s libraries are closed due to the coronavirus crisis to protect safety of customers and staff.

County Library Director Migell Acosta said library patrons can still access all the Library’s e-books and e-magazines around the clock — 24 hours a day, seven days a week — by downloading the Libby app for e-books or Flipster (under e-books and e-magazines) for e-magazines like Sports Illustrated, People, Time. The New York Times and other reference resources are available on our website.

All of the library’s online resources can be accessed here. Residents who do not have a library card can sign up for an Instant Digital Card and use their mobile phone number as their library card. To download the Libby app, San Diego County residents can go to sdEbooks.org. Library patrons can even order books and materials that are available at any of the County’s 33 branch libraries and have them delivered to their own branch library for them to pick up.


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LONG-TIME PUBLISHER SUNBELT MOVING FROM EL CAJON TO PHOENIX

Update March 26:   Sunbelt's move to Arizona has been put on indefinite hold due to the pandemic. The Sunbelt warehouse is temporarily closed in compliance with state mandates to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The company plans to reopen the warehouse on April 13, 2020 if it is safe to do so.
 
 
East County News Service
 
Photo: Lowell and Diana Lindsey at Sunbelt’s warehouse in El Cajon
 
March 5, 2020 (El Cajon) -- Sunbelt Publications, known for its award-winning books about natural and cultural history, outdoor adventure, regional reference, and travel, has been sold to American Traveler Press of Phoenix, Arizona. Sunbelt will be closing its El Cajon warehouse at 1250 Fayette Street on March 31 with all stock moving to Arizona beginning April 1. Sunbelt is offering discounts of 30-50% off on all titles during the month of March and is open during regular business hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and by appointment. Sunbelt also has a selection of free books available to shoppers. For more information, call 619-258-4911 or 800-626-6579. Check the website to view books published and distributed by Sunbelt Publications: www.sunbeltpublications.com
 

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OWAC RECOGNIZES THE WEST'S TOP OUTDOORS/ADVENTURE MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS PROS

Source:  OWAC

Photo: Author and award winner Diana Lindsay

September 5, 2019 (Oxnard) - Outdoor Writers Association of California (OWAC) – the leading organization of professional outdoor media communicators in the western region – recently recognized nearly two-dozen recipients in their annual Excellence in Craft Awards.


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LIBRARY COLLECTING BALL GOWNS FOR WANNABE CINDERELLAS

 

 

El Cajon Library to give away gowns on April 27

By Tracy DeForeCounty of San Diego Communications Office

March 11, 2019 (San Diego) - For many teenage girls, the prom, the quinceanera, the big night out – it’s all about the dress. But special occasion dresses are pricy. That’s why the County Library is playing fairy godmother.


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READERS AND WRITERS CALENDAR JAN. 27 - FEB.10, 2019

 

 

By Sam Warren, Copyright 2019 http://Bookwarren.com

"A good editor understands what you're talking and writing about and doesn't meddle too much." — Irwin Shaw

 

January 24, 2019 (San Diego) – Books and bingo, a writer’s conference, author appearances, book discussion groups and writer’s classes are among the literary happenings on the horizon locally.

CLICK TO SCROLL DOWN FOR A LIST OF BOOK EVENTS


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BORREGO SPRINGS CELEBRATES NEW LIBRARY, PARK AND SHERIFF'S OFFICE

 

 

It’s official, the new County Library, park and Sheriff’s office are open for business in Borrego Springs. A formal ribbon-cutting ceremony took place this afternoon, kicking off a community celebration with music, artists, animals and tours of the new library and Sheriff’s office. The two buildings and park all share a 19-acre property.

The library branch is the larger of the two buildings and sits on 2.6 acres. The facility measures three times the size of the previous one and includes 2,215 square feet of community meeting space, a 330 square foot conference room, separate areas for children and teens, a technology center with a 3D printer, and a Friends of the Library Book Nook and Conversation Café.


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LIBRARY GETS IN TOUCH WITH KIDS WITH AUTISM

 

 

A simple suggestion from a parent at the La Mesa Branch Library has initiated a new program for kids with autism.

“It’s one of the best things I’ve heard about in a while for kids on the spectrum,” said Matthew Wion, a dad with two kids on the spectrum who has been taking advantage of the new program.


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BOOK LOVERS, REJOICE! MEET THESE AUTHORS AT EAST COUNTY FEST AUGUST 25TH AT MISSION TRAILS

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 17, 2018 (San Diego) – If you love books, you won’t want to miss our East County Fest 10-year anniversary party of the decade the evening of August 25 at Mission Trails! (Tickets and reservations, click here.)  In addition to headliner Richard Lederer, we have numerous other local authors signing and selling books, as well as donating copies for our raffle that you could win. 

The topics including local hiking guides, history in the headlines, local winemaking and Native American history, engaging novels and a children’s nature book.

Scroll down to read more about these fascinating authors and their works.


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EAST COUNTY ARTISTS CELEBRATED IN NEW PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK

 

A local take on Humans of New York; book launch event July 19 at Warwick's La Jolla at 7:30 p.m.

By Jennifer Coburn

May 16, 2018 (San Diego's East County) - We’ve all seen how projects like the popular blog and book Humans of New York connects people through photography. Real people are seen through a new lens as they share their life experiences. Snapshots and text serve as a means to share universal truth through unique images.

San Diego artist and photographer Jennifer G. Spencer is adding a new photographic element to this conversation with the release of her new book THE ARTIST PORTRAIT PROJECT: A PHOTOGRAPHIC MEMOIR OF PORTRAIT SESSIONS WITH SAN DIEGO ARTISTS (She Writes Press, July 12, 2018). Eleven of the artists live right here in East County, including La Mesa residents: Dottie Korn-Davis, David Beck-Brown, Suda House, Chris Lee, Polly Jacobs Giacchina, Jess Dominguez, and Mary Lynn Dominguez; El Cajon residents Ellen Phillips, Ron Tatro, and Bill Mosley; and Spring Valley resident Kim Knox. 


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LOCAL AUTHOR JOHNEGREEK WINS SILVER LITERARY TITAN AWARD FOR HIS AMAZON #1 BESTSELLING BOOK, “GRANDMA’S SECRET BLESSINGS, A MEMOIR WITH A TWIST”

 

 

East County News Service

May 11. 2018 (San Diego) – Long-time San Diego resident and promising TomBird.com author JohnEgreek also known as John Hodgkinson, has received the prestigious Silver Literary Titan Book Award for his creation,  Grandma’s Secret Blessings, A Memoir with a Twist..

The Silver Award is bestowed on books that expertly deliver complex characters, intricate worlds, and thought-provoking themes.


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HEAR OUR INTERVIEW WITH TERESA BURRELL, AUTHOR OF LEGAL THRILLERS, MYSTERIES AND CHILDREN'S BOOKS

 

Listen now! Click the audio link .

By Miriam Raftery

April 24, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) -- Teresa Burrell, local author of the award-winning Advocate Series, The Tuper Mystery Series, as well as three children’s books, sat down for an interview this week on the East County Magazine Radio Show on KNSJ.  Click the audio link above to listen now. 

Our Bookshelf host, Reina Menasche, spoke with Burrell about her passion for protecting children as well as her love of literary endeavors.  A teacher-turned-attorney, she has dedicated her life to helping children in the classroom and the courtroom. 

Many of her novels are inspired by actual legal cases. She is the author of The Advocate Series of legal thrillers which now contains nine novels. The Advocate’s Felony received the San Diego Best Mystery Award, and six of the books have received the International Readers’ Favorite Award.

Audio: 

Teresa Burrell interview

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READER’S EDITORIAL: LA MESA RECONSIDERS ITS CIVIC CENTER—AGAIN

 

 

Why is library omitted from the plan?

By Dr. Anthony McIvor

February 27, 2018 (La Mesa) -- Tonight the City Council agenda includes a returning item: engagement of an urban planning firm to update feasibility tests for the Civic Center site. Included are the introduction of market-rate housing, as well as office and/or governmental use, park and parking uses in combination with another civic building.

And once again we see a baffling omission.  Surrounding cities – from Alpine to IB – are proudly opening – and winning awards with – new town libraries. Just yesterday, San Diego Mayor Faulconer lauded libraries as “…hubs for inspiration, discovery and opportunity.” But in La Mesa, the long-delayed new library continues to get the crickets treatment at City Hall.

Why?


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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.


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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.”


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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 eand 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.

Audio: 

Interview with Mollie Moon, author of Five Wishes, on KNSJ Radio

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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.


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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.


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TOP 15 LIBRARY CHECKOUTS IN 2016

 

By Tom Christensen, County of San Diego Communications Office

January 3, 2017 (San Diego) - San Diego County residents continued to take advantage of the all of free resources available to them from the San Diego County Library system in 2016. From books and e-books to DVDs and a variety of programs for residents of all ages, the SDCL ranked amongst the top library systems in the nation.


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A TRUE STORY OF LOVE AND WAR

 

A Foreign Affair: A True Story of Love and War, by Amanda Matti (Available at Amazon.com, 2016, 354 pages).

Preview by Dennis Moore

October 19, 2016 (San Diego) - I can’t wait to get my hands on this book, as the author, an El Cajon resident has indicated to me just today that she will be mailing it out to me for my review in the East County Magazine. She will also appear on our “East County Magazine Live!” radio show to be interviewed with all the salacious details of this book. A Foreign Affair has all the ingredients of true love and intrigue in a foreign country, which the author describes as “love at first sight” between herself, as a U.S. Navy Analyst, and her Iraqi translator Fahdi, in war-torn Iraq.


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HEAR OUR INTERVIEW WITH CHARLES HARRINGTON ELSTER, AUTHOR AND WORDSMITH EXTRAORDINAIRE

East County News Service

October 15, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) --East County Magazine’s Bookshelf host,  Reina Menasche,  recently sat down for an in-depth interview with  Charles Harrington Elster, a seasoned writer, broadcaster, narrator and nationally recognized wordsmith.  Elster, known for his novel approach to SAT and ACT test preparation, Elster is also the author of 11 books,   including Verbal Advantage and Word Workout.

Audio: 

Charles Harrington Elster interview

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NEWBERRY WINNING AUTHOR MATT DE LA PENA KICKS OFF GROSSMONT COLLEGE'S FALL 2016 READING SERIES

 

East County News Service

September 20, 2016 (El Cajon) - The Grossmont College English Department's Creative Writing Program is presenting the Fall 2016 Reading Series, Thursday, Sept. 29 – Monday, Dec. 5.


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ALPINE LIBRARY NOMINATED FOR ORCHID AWARD

 

By Miriam Raftery

The County of San Diego’s new library in Alpine has been nominated for an Orchid Award in the San Diego Architectural Foundation’s annual Orchids and Onions Awards. The project was created through the design-build team of C.W. Driver, Ferguson Pape Baldwin Architects, and architect Manuel Oncina selected in a competitive design process.

From indoor trees for kids to cozy up and read under to an outdoor patio with park view, 42 million books, many specialized spaces and plenty of high-tech amenities, the spacious new library is not only innovative in design and beautiful, it’s also energy efficient as the County’s first Zero Net Energy building.  Next up, the County is seeking LEED Gold certification.


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READERS AND WRITERS CALENDAR JULY 18 - JULY 31

 

By Sam Warren

July 18, 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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HEAR OUR INTERVIEW WITH DEL HOOD, AUTHOR OF “HISTORY IN THE HEADLINES” AND FORMER DAILY CALIFORNIAN EDITOR

 

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Hear our interview with Del Hood:  https://www.eastcountymagazine.org/sites/eastcountymagazine.org/files/au...

June 27, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – Recently, East County Magazine sat down with Del Hood, long-time news editor of the Daily Californian and author of the new book History in the Headlines: Half a Century of the Most Notable Events in the El Cajon Valley and Surrounding Areas 1950-2000.

He recalled some of the most memorable stories of his career, as well as the fascinating history of our region.  This interview originally aired on the East County Magazine Show on KNSJ 89.1 FM Radio. To listen online now, click the link above. (Note: sound files can take a few moments to load.)

Audio: 

Del Hood interview on East County Magazine Show, KNSJ Radio

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HEAR OUR INTERVIEW WITH BASEBALL WRITER/AUTHOR KIRK KENNEY

 

East County News Service

June 4,2016 (San Diego) – At bat in our lineup of radio interviewees recently was Kirk Kenney, author of 100 Things Padres Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die.

Kenney, a sportswriter with the San Diego Union-Tribune, shared some colorful insights and fascinating facts with our Bookshelf editor Reina Menasche on the East County Magazine Show,  aired originally on KNSJ  89.1 FM Radio.  

You can listen online now to our interview by clicking the audio link below (sound files may take a few moments to load).

Audio: 

Kirk Kenney interview on East County Magazine Show on KNSJ

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SANTEE FRIENDS LAUNCH FUND RAISING CAMPAIGN FOR NEW LIBRARY

 

By Mike Allen

May 29, 2016 (Santee) -- Santee’s library is bursting at the seams, hosting more children’s story-tellings, classes and community meetings than ever and library officials have the numbers to prove it.


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