San Diego Bookshelf

A CITY DIVIDED: GERMAN AUTHOR SHARES MEMORIES DURING RISE AND FALL OF THE BERLIN WALL

 

By: Trevor Hill

June 11, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) -- J. Elke Ertle, author of Walled-In, A West Berlin Girl’s Journey to Freedom, hosted a book signing at the Lemon Grove Library on May 28, where she spoke about the history of the Berlin Wall and her experience in West Berlin during the separation. Ertle described her book as “juxtaposing historical events with personal experiences”. She calls it “a coming of age story. Of breaking off and staying alone."

AUTHOR WHO FLED COLD WAR IN BERLIN WILL SPEAK MAY 28 IN LEMON GROVE

 

May 26, 2014 (Lemon Grove) --  When J. Elke Ertle heard John F. Kennedy's famous "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech in 1963, America suddenly became more real than ever.  Ertle will relate the story of her flight to America from a "walled-in" existence domestically and politically on May 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the Lemon Grove Library, 3001 School Lane.

SILENT BIRD NOMINATED AS FINALIST IN 2014 SAN DIEGO BOOK AWARDS

 

May 24, 2014 (San Diego) – East County Magazine Show’s Bookshelf host, Reina Menasche, announced this week that her second novel, Silent Bird, is a finalist in this year’s San Diego Book Awards in the romance category.

For more details, see the links below. Congratulations, Reina!

http://www.sdbookawards.com/2014/05/15/2012-finalists-being-announced/

HEAR AUTHOR PEGGY SNYDER DISCUSS HER BOOK, THE TEN MINUTE COGNITIVE WORKOUT

 

May 23, 2014 (San Diego) – East County Magazine Show’s Bookshelf host Reina Menasche recently interviewed local author Peggy Snyder regarding her book, The Ten Minute Cognitive Workout,  on KNSJ.

SUCCESS IN SCHOOL AND CAREER: COMMON CORE STANDARDS IN LANGUAGE ARTS K - 5, BY ANDREA M. NELSON-ROYES, EdD

 

 

 

Book Review by Dennis Moore

Every Child in America deserves a world-class education. Today, more than ever, a world-class education is a prerequisite for success. America was once the best-educated nation in the world. A generation ago, we led all nations in college completion, but today, ten countries have passed us. The issue is not that their students are smarter than ours. It is that these countries are being smarter about how to educate their students. And the countries that out-educate us today will out-compete us tomorrow.

We must do better. Together we must achieve a new goal, that by 2020, the United States will once again lead the world in college completion. We must raise the expectations for our students, our schools, and ourselves – this must be a national priority. We must ensure that every student graduate from high school well prepared for college and a career. -- President Barack Obama (2010), 44th President of the United States

“A Blueprint for Reform: The Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act”

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW WITH BEST-SELLING TRUE CRIME AUTHOR CAITLIN ROTHER

 

 

April 27, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – A podcast of our interview with Caitlin Rother, author of the true-crime book Lost Girls, is now online. Listen here:  http://kiwi6.com/file/1segvv83yg  Rother discusses the story-behind-the-story of her research and writing this landmark book on two high-profile and heart-wrenching cases of missing, murdered teen girls.  Rother also discusses her other works, including her latest, "I'll Take Care of You."

East County Magazine book reviewer Dennis Moore said of  Lost Girls, "New York Times bestselling author Caitlin Rother, a San Diego resident and journalist, has written a true-crime book that I am sure will resonate with all parents: Lost Girls. Pulitzer-nominated author Rother delivers an incisive, heartbreaking true-life thriller that touches our deepest fears. It is the story of John Gardner, who raped and murdered local San Diego teens Chelsea King and Amber Dubois.

Read the full review here:http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/book-review-lost-girls-offers-chilling-and-riveting-insights-king-and-dubois-murders

SD LIBRARIES ACOUSTIC SHOWCASE CONCERT SERIES: MAY 2014 CONCERTS

 

April 26, 2014 (San Diego County) - The spring series of the San Diego County Library Acoustic Showcase continues in May with eight concerts taking place throughout the month!

The Acoustic Showcase series offers a wonderful variety of some of San Diego's very best singer/songwriters, folk music performers and story tellers. These concerts are free and include several in East County and San Diego’s inland areas.  Scroll down for details on these, or for a full list of the concerts countywide, visit http://www.sdcl.org.

CLEVELAND NATIONAL FOREST FOUNDATION SPONSORS APRIL 28 EVENT FOR AUTHOR OF "DEAD END"

 

April 13, 2014 (San Diego)—Author Ben Ross will appear at Upstart Crow on Monday, April 28 at 7:00 for his book, Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism. This event is sponsored by the Cleveland National Forest Foundation.

"I'LL TAKE CARE OF YOU": A DANGEROUS WOMAN'S SEDUCTIVE PROMISE

 

I’ll Take Care of You, by Caitlin Rother

Book Review by Dennis Moore

 

March 29, 2014 (San Diego)--I always look forward to the next Caitlin Rother novel, as she seems to never disappoint. Rother’s I’ll Take Care of You may very well be her best and most incisive to date. This New York Times bestselling author has followed up on her riveting and controversial true crime novel, at least locally; Lost Girls, with another true crime novel that will not let you put the book down; I’ll Take Care of You. I found myself being more engrossed in being an avid reader, than actually a book reviewer.

OFFICIAL RELEASE OF "DAY HIKES & OVERNIGHTS ON THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL" BY SAN DIEGO AUTHOR MARLISE KAST-MYERS

 

March 26, 2014 (San Diego)--The Pacific Crest Trail is one of America’s greatest long-distance hiking routes. Stretching from Mexico to Canada, its 2,650 miles are traversed annually by several hundred thru-hikers as well as thousands of day hikers. They come to the PCT to experience something rugged and memorable, to challenge themselves, and sometimes to find themselves. Cheryl Strayed’s bestseller Wild introduced many readers to the PCT. Now Day Hikes & Overnights on the Pacific Crest Trail gives hikers the tools they need to get out and explore sections of this fabled route.

AUTHOR KURT KOONTZ AT CREST LIBRARY MARCH 11

 

March 6, 2014 (Crest)-- Kurt Koontz, author of A Million Steps, will be speaking and signing books at the Crest Library on Tuesday March 11th at 6pm.

A Million Steps recounts Koontz's journey across the 500-mile El Camino de Santiago, a Spanish pilgrimage route dating to medieval times. Those million steps inspired Koontz to write about his life-changing adventure when he arrived home.

After his remarks, Koontz will answer questions from the audience. Books will be available for purchase.

ARE YOUR CHILDREN SAFE AT THE LIBRARY?

 

By Jordan Schaffner

February 19, 2014 (San Diego) - A library would seem to be a safe haven for both children and adults who are looking for a quiet oasis to escape the crime and commercialism on the streets, to find refuge in a great read or to complete a project.

SILENT BIRD: ENGAGING FROM ITS PROVOCATIVE START TO RACING FINISH

 

 

Silent Bird by novelist Reina Lisa Menasche

Book review by Ariele Johannson

With podcast interview by editor Miriam Raftery on "East County Magazine Live!" radio show KNSJ 89.1 FM: Listen.

Silent Bird, a novel by Reina Lisa Menasche, could be remembered for its exotic French landscape and romance, or for its treatment of difficult subjects. Maybe it will be reread for its charming humor, an inner view of two young lovers moving too fast, or Pilar, the protagonist learning to adjust to a new culture with its linguistic challenges. There are great descriptions of the meeting of two divergent cultures through the budding and then continually strengthening relationship of Pilar and her lover.

It could also be remembered for its irresistible combination of all of these, but it will be remembered.

ENTER OUR EAST COUNTY WRITING CONTEST

 

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MAY 10

Win prizes for your prose--including admission to a writers conference and a literary festival

 

April 25, 2014 (San Diego's East County)-- Love to write?  East County Magazine invites you to enter our 1st annual East County Writing Contest.  Description: Crank up your creative juices and send us your best short story, or first chapter of a novel, set in our inland region, East County (mountains, deserts, cities or towns east of I-15 in San Diego County).  Your story can be historical or contemporary, in any genre or style you choose – dramatic, romantic, mystery, humor, time travel…The only limit is your imagination!

LA MESA ARTS ALLIANCE PRESENTS: READINGS FROM "THE WIT AND WISDOM OF MARK TWAIN"

 

February 13, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - The La Mesa Arts Alliance (LMAA) proudly presents readings from “The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain” on Thursday, February 27, 2014. The free event begins at 7:00 p.m. with a reception at 6:30 p.m. and will be hosted by San Pasqual Winery in their intimate tasting room located at 8364 La Mesa Boulevard. There will be a no host wine bar and seating is limited.

HOW TO AVOID SCAMS & CONS: AUTHOR TERRY AMBROSE AT CREST LIBRARY FEB. 25

 

February 13, 2014 (Crest)--It seems that almost every day a new scam appears. From trickster emails to fake phone calls, fraudulent websites to people you meet, the opportunities to get taken are everywhere. “Tips to Stay Ahead of the Con” is intended to raise your awareness about these opportunities to get taken.

READERS & WRITERS CALENDAR FEB. 2 - 17

 

February 3, 2014 (San Diego) - Scroll down for literary events across our region of interest to readers and writers.

For a complete Calendar including Authors Events, go to www.SDWriteWay.org

For all San Diego County Library events, go to:

http://www.sandiego.gov/public-library/news-events/index.shtml

FEBRUARY CONCERTS AT SAN DIEGO COUNTY LIBRARIES

 

January 30, 2014 (San Diego) –The winter series of the San Diego County Library Acoustic Showcase continues in February with seven concerts taking place throughout the month—including East County performances in Rancho San Diego, El Cajon, and Lemon Grove.

The Acoustic Showcase series offers a wonderful variety of some of San Diego's very best singer/songwriters, folk music performers and story tellers. These concerts are free to the community. To date, More than 12,000 people have attended these concerts.  Scroll down for a full details on this month’s artists  performances in East County, or visit the San Diego County Library Acoustic Showcase website for a full list of all performances countywide.

OFF MY ROCKER: A ROLLICKING BACKSTAGE LOOK INTO A LIFE DEVOTED TO MUSIC

 

Off My Rocker, by Kenny Weissberg (Sandra Jonas Publishing House, Boulder, Colorado, 2014, 311 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

January 15, 2014 (San Diego)--Kenny Weissberg, the former producer and promoter of the internationally acclaimed Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay series in San Diego, has lived the life that many of us could only dream about.  It is reflected in his wildly entertaining tell-all book, Off My Rocker.

BOOK REVIEW: SAN DIEGO'S JUDGE MAYOR

 

By Nadin Abbott

January 14, 2013 (San Diego)-- “This book is both an invitation and a warning. The invitation is to seek to be all you can be and try to make a difference. The warning is that the best intentions can be misunderstood and sidetracked by events beyond your control.” Dick Murphy writes this near the beginning of his memoir, a remembrance of his life in San Diego city politics.

Why would a resident of the East County even care? The book also details some of the projects that Murphy was involved in his decades in San Diego city politics that have directly affected our region, not just San Diego city. Some of these issues  are still resonating today, around ten years after Murphy left the political arena.

HOST OF EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE’S BOOKSHELF RADIO PROGRAM HOLDS LAUNCH FOR NEW NOVEL, SILENT BIRD

 

Book Launch at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore January 11

January 2, 2014 (San Diego)--Reina Lisa Menasche, radio host for East County Magazine’s “Bookshelf” radio program on KNSJ, 89.1 FM, has released her new novel, Silent Bird, and will be hosting a book launch open to the public at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.

Reina Menasche calls her first love “writing fiction,” though she fulfills many other artistic and professional roles.  In addition to hosting “Bookshelf” (highlighting “local literary luminaries—and some great books to read!”), she is also a social worker, university instructor, and actress.Her first novel, Twice Begun, was a finalist in the 2013 San Diego Book Awards, and her new novel, Silent Bird, won the Outstanding Fiction Award from the Southern California Writers Conference in 2009.

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