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NEW BOOK OFFERS HELP FOR SUDANESE REFUGEES, FAMILIES IN SAN DIEGO AND SUDAN

May 30, 2012 (San Diego) – “The clash between traditional South Sudanese values and western values threatens the survival of families already rocked by decades of war, poverty and injustice,” says Walter Davis. “This book provides powerful tools with which the South Sudanese people can experience an epiphany."

Davis is editor of South Sudanese Community Insights, authored by John Chuol Kuek, chairman of the Southern Sudanese Community Center in San Diego and a refugee camp survivor. View an interview with Kuek conducted by Davis as guest host of Consider the Possibilities:
 


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LITERARY EVENTS: SAN DIEGO PUBLIC LIBRARY CONTINUES DOWNTOWN VERSE POETRY & SPOKEN WORD PROGRAM

www.SDWriteWay.org  Early June
 
May 29, 2012 (San Diego) -- The San Diego Public Library continues its poetry and spoken word series Downtown Verse during June. The next featured performance is by the Lake San Marcos Writers on Monday, June 11. The performance begins at 4:00 pm in the Lobby of the Central Library, located at 820 E Street in downtown San Diego. This event is free and open to the public.

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LITERARY EVENTS

 
May 21, 2012 (San Diego)--News and Calendar Items for San Diego County Book Lovers May 20 thru 27, 2012, courtesy of www.SDWriteWay.org
 
SAN DIEGO PUBLIC LIBRARY TO SPONSOR DOWNTOWN VERSE

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AMERICAN TRIVIA: THE SUPREME LAW OF OUR LAND

 
May 18, 2012 (San Diego) -- San Diegans Richard Lederer and Caroline McCullagh are the proud parents of a bouncing baby book, American Trivia: What We All Should Know About U.S. History, Culture & Geography (Gibbs Smith Publisher, 2012). Over a span of a year, the co-authors will share with you their journey through American history. You can order inscribed and signed copies of the book by writing to richard.lederer@pobox.com.

 


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BAJA LEGENDS, BY GREG NIEMANN (SUNBELT PUBLICATIONS, SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, 2002, 260 PAGES.)

 
Book Review by Dennis Moore

May 12, 2012 (Baja)--Greg Niemann, author of Baja Fever, and life-long Baja Buff who has traveled all over the peninsula known as Baja California in Mexico, has written a well-researched and easy-to-read history of the people and resorts that make Baja what it is today.
 
What is Baja anyway? “Baja,”  which means “Lower” in Spanish, refers to an 800-mile long peninsula separated from Mexico’s mainland by the Gulf of California – or the Sea of Cortez, if you prefer. The peninsula is comprised of two Mexican states, Baja California (Norte), with Mexicali as capital, and Baja California Sur, whose capital city is La Paz. To make it easy Norte means “North” and Sur means “South.”

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INTERNATIONAL LGBT AUTHOR, COLUMNIST TERRY ANGEL MASON TO SPEAK AT SAN DIEGO NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE

 
May 10, 2012 (San Diego) -- On May 18, 2012, legendary HIV/AIDS advocate, civil rights activist, author and columnist Terry Angel Mason will be a guest speaker at the San Diego Neighborhood House Association, located at 841 South, 41st Street, San Diego, CA 92114. The special event will take place at 1:30 pm, and will include a discussion about HIV/AIDS prevention and book signing by the famed author.

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NEW ENTREPRENEURIAL PRESIDENT BOOK FOCUSES ON FORMER UC SAN DIEGO CHANCELLOR ATKINSON

May 7, 2012 (San Diego) -- Richard C. Atkinson, who served as chancellor of the University of California, San Diego for15 years, was barely four weeks into his tenure as president of the University of California system when the UC Regents voted to end affirmative action in August 1995.

How he dealt with the admissions wars—the political, legal and academic consequences of that historic and controversial decision, as well as the issue of governance—is discussed in a new book by Patricia Pelfrey recently released by the University of California Press entitled The Entrepreneurial President: Richard Atkinson and the University of California, 1995-2003.


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PULITZER PRIZE WINNING AUTHOR TOM HALLMAN VISITS LA MESA MAY 4

By Kate Yapjoco

May 2, 2012 (La Mesa) – Pulitzer Prize winning author, Tom Hallman Jr. will be discussing his new book, “A Strangers Gift” at Crosspointe Life Church, 8809 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa on May 4 at 7:00 p.m.  The book shares Hallman’s journey of faith from indifferent agnostic to growing believer.  Hallman interviewed 13 ordinary people from all walks of life about finding purpose in life through faith.  The book describes their journeys of faith and how it changed or affected their lives.

La Mesa Police Department’s Captain Dan Willis was one of the 13 people interviewed for the book. 


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THE FIVE MEAT SMOKING COMMANDMENTS

 
Chef Ted Reader’s brings on the smoke and the flavor with these tasty tidbits
 
April 29, 2012 (Toronto, Ont.)  --  With Spring already here, and Summer around the corner, people are gearing up to entertain guests during the warm summer months. Meat smoking is becoming very popular in local restaurants this season, and Chef Ted Reader has come up with these five easy tips from his new book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Smoking Foods, to help you get rolling the first time you fire up your smoker, and every time to follow.

 


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SDWRITEWAY CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR THE END OF APRIL

 
April 26, 2012 (San Diego) -- The calendar of SDWRITEWAY for the end of April contains multiple events. For further information, please see the website at http://www.sdwriteway.org/readers_lounge/readers_lounge.html
 
April 28 (Saturday, 2:00 pm) — Former San Diego resident and veteran video game designer Erin Hoffman’s Lance of Earth and Sky presents her characters with the challenge of dealing with the consequences of the actions they took in Sword of Fire and Sea, especially the decision to rekindle elemental magic in the world of Andovar.

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SAN DIEGO VETERAN WRITERS TAKE THE STAGE WITH TIM O’BRIEN

 

Local veteran writers to perform stories about the unspoken sides of service in concert with a visit from the author of, “The Things They Carried.”
 
April 26, 2012 (San Diego) -- As part of Grossmont Community College’s 16th Annual Literary Arts Festival, Tim O’Brien will be reading and signing books on Thursday, May 03, 2:00 - 3:15 p.m., Griffin Gate (Building 60.)
 
O’Brien is best known for his novel, The Things They Carried, a National Book Award Winner and Pulitzer Prize Finalist, considered one of the most, if not the most, powerful books about the Vietnam War and war in general.

 


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BOOK REVIEW: THE MONOGAMY GAP

 
By Walter G. Meyer
 
April 23, 2012 (San Diego)--Comedian Ritch Shydner used to have a line in his act to the effect that, “Men and women will never get along because they are after two basically opposite goals: women are looking for the one man who can satisfy their every need and men are looking for every woman who can satisfy their one need.”  

 


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FAMOUS MYSTERY WRITER, JACQUELINE WINSPEAR, IS COMING TO SAN DIEGO

 

April 13, 2012 ( San Diego) -- Author of the popular, "Maisie Dobbs" series, Jacqueline Winspear will be the guest of the La Mesa-El Cajon Branch of the American Association of University Women at their 11th annual luncheon on April 21st.  Ms. Winspear has won praise from the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Associated Press and the San Francisco Chronicle; to name a few.  She is the winner of the Agatha, Alex and Macavity Awards. 

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LOCAL LITERARY CALENDAR NOW ONLINE: WEEK OF APRIL 8

 

April 9, 2012 (San Diego)—San Diego’s WriteWay,  in partnership with East County Magazine, has a variety of events for readers and writers coming up this week. Click Read More below to see a listing of the events. 

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WANT TO GET PUBLISHED? WRITERS WORKSHOP APRIL 12 IN LA MESA

 

Proofreader of The Color Purple, President Herbert Hoover's WWII memoir and more to lead workshop

April 7, 2012 (La Mesa) -- Sprinkled with stories and tips (e.g., how to find literary agents), this lecture-workshop is designed to empower and inspire writers. Take a peek at the book business, check out the pros and cons of traditional vs. electronic and self-publishing, then chat about genres such as memoir and children’s literature, and close with some ideas to help writers get published and sell their work.

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FOR THE LOVE OF DOG TALES: TIPS FOR CHOOSING A SHELTER PET

 
New book, For the Love of Dog Tales, gives advice on how to choose your new best friend from an animal shelter
 
March 27, 2012 (U.S.) -- Among the biggest victims of the economic recession are the once beloved family pets surrendered to shelters as their owners deal with extended joblessness. The U.S. Humane Society estimates 6 to 8 million dogs and cats enter shelters each year – and 3 to 4 million are euthanized.
 
 

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RANCHO SAN DIEGO BRANCH LIBRARY HALF-PRICE BOOK SALE MARCH 31

 
March 22, 2012 (Rancho San Diego) -- The Friends of the Rancho San Diego Library will be holding a quarterly Half-Price Book Sale on Saturday, March 31, from 10:00-12:00. All books inside the store 1/2 price. Selected books and children's books on tables in the courtyard at the library located at:
 
11555 Via Rancho San Diego
El Cajon, CA 92019

For information, contact Sherry Johnson, 619-670-5650.
 
For further information about the library including a map, and a calendar click here.
 
 

 

 

 


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PARADISE PLUNDERED: BOOK REVEALS POLITICAL MISMANGEMENT HAS LEFT SAN DIEGO REGION STILL VULNERABLE TO CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRE

 
By Walter G. Meyer
 
What residents of East County are likely to find most frightening in this book is how the head-in-the-sand attitude left—and still leaves—the entire region vulnerable to the next firestorm. Erie and his co-authors make clear that almost nothing has been done to make the inevitable fire any less cataclysmic. – Walter G. Meyer
 
March 7, 2012 (San Diego)--Paradise Plundered is not a fun read. Far from it. The book will likely leave the reader angry at past mismanagement by San Diego elected officials and frustrated at mistakes that local government seems about to make--with little likelihood that they will avoid the same pitfalls that have dotted San Diego’s landscape like potholes left unfilled due to budget cuts. 

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EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE WELL REPRESENTED AT 46th ANNUAL LOCAL AUTHORS EXHIBIT

By Dennis Moore

“I am thrilled to see how many local author submissions we received this year. It is an honor to highlight the diverse and abundant talent we have in the San Diego region. Thanks to all our authors for sharing your expertise and inspiration with the community. It is this type of sharing that helps the library fulfill its mission! -    Deborah L. Barrow, Library Director, San Diego Public Library


March 5, 2012 (San Diego)--It was with these sentiments that I joined so many other authors at this 46th Annual Local Authors Exhibit on February 3, 2012, many of whom have been profiled in the East County Magazine. I visited with such illustrious writers and authors as Joshua Graham, Linda Loegel, Anat Tour, Sam Warren and Zohreh Ghahremani.


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A TELLING EXPERIENCE: DAVID NOVAK TO PERFORM AT LA MESA LIBRARY MAR. 3

 
February 25, 2012 (La Mesa) -- One of the nation's leading performers in the storytelling revival, David Novak, will be hosting a free family performance at the La Mesa Library, 8074 Allison Ave. The event will take place on Saturday, March 3 at 10:30 a.m. and is sponsored by Young Audiences and is offered in celebration of Read Across America, the National Education Association's annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading.

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MEET ROMANCE NOVELISTS IN LA MESA TODAY


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LEDERER ON LANGUAGE

 
What the Dickens!

by Richard Lederer   
courtesy of San Diego WriteWay 

February 1, 2012 (San Diego) -- Two centuries ago—on February 7, 1812—Charles John Huffam Dickens entered the earthly stage. Born into an impoverished family, his father having served a term in debtor's prison, Charles, worked as a child slave in a London blacking factory.

The rags-to-riches life of Charles Dickens's was more remarkable than any of his stories. From such unpromising origins, he arose to become the best-selling writer of his time and one of the most enduring and quotable writers of all time.
 

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46TH ANNUAL AUTHORS EXHIBITION IN FEB.TO FEATURE MANY AUTHORS PROFILED IN EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE


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.

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LA MESA HOSTS READERS AND WRITERS FESTIVAL FEB. 25


January 22, 2012 (La Mesa)—Do you have the “write stuff to be a novelist or nonfiction writer?” Want to learn about the literary world or meet local authors? From romance writing to knights and chivalry, from political figures to an e-book publishing expert, you’ll find it all at the first annual La Mesa Readers and Writers Festival.


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NOW THAT YOU HAVE THAT KINDLE, NOW WHAT?


by Mayan Avitable

 
January 20, 2012 (La Mesa) -- So many people now have one of the forms of the Kindle by Amazon. Some of the Kindles do more than others, but all of them have a book-reading function.  Many readers have been finding that books are very expensive through ordinary sources.  However, there are many sites online that offer free  books for download. 

 


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BOOK REVIEW: DEAD CELEBRITY COOKBOOK IS SURE TO DELIGHT FANS OF CELEBRITIES AND CULINARY DELIGHTS



The Dead Celebrity Cookbook,
By Frank DeCaro (Health Communications, Inc., Deerfield Beach, Florida, 2011, 370 pages.)
 
Book Review by Dennis Moore
 
January 15, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--Best known for his years as the flamboyant movie critic on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Frank DeCaro has written a book with wit and humor – packed with celebrity profiles and pop-culture ponderings, party menus, and more – The Dead Celebrity Cookbook pays homage to the departed stars of television, film, radio, and Broadway.


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ATTENTION FOODIES & FILM FANS: AUTHOR OF DEAD CELEBRITIES COOKBOOK TO HOLD BOOKSIGNING IN SAN DIEGO JANUARY 14

 

January 12, 2011 (San Diego) – Want to cook up a dish savored by your favorite Hollywood celebrity from a bygone era? Frank DeCaro, author of The Dead Celebrity Cookbook—A Resurrection of Recipes from More than 145 Stars of Stage and Screen, will sign copies of his book January 14 at Babette Schwartz gift store, 421 University Avenue in Hillcrest.


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HOLLYWOOD SCREENWRITER, AUTHOR FREDERICA ‘FREDDIE’ MAAS MAKES FINAL EXIT AT AGE 111

La Mesa woman who wrote tell-all book about film industry was third-oldest Californian

January 8, 2012 (La Mesa) – Silent movie screenwriter Frederica Sagor Maas gained fame and notoriety in an era when few women attained such acclaim.  But on Thursday, December 29, 2011, Maas made her final exit, passing away at Country Villas, a La Mesa nursing home.

Scripts written by Maas starred some of Hollywood’s leading talents on the silver screen, including Greta Garbo, Norma Shearer and Clare Bow. The Hollywood Reporter called her a “pioneering” female screenwriter, while the Los Angeles Times memorialized her as “one of the last links to the silent film industry.”


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RAINBOW ANIMALS PROVIDES A COLORFUL AND ENCHANTING CHILDREN'S TALE

Book Review by Dennis Moore  

December 28, 2011 (East County) -- Anat Tour, this East County (San Diego) resident , has done it again – following up her debut publication of  Mama’s Shoe with an enchanting story of friendship and hope,  The Rainbow Animals. She has taken The Rainbow Animals a step further by having it published as a bundled package, CD/DVD and booklet insert.

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GROSSMONT ADULT SCHOOL’S WHODUNIT BOOK CLUB WILL DISCUSS MYSTERIES AT THE EL CAJON LIBRARY


December 27, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Mystery fans, read and discuss mysteries at the Whodunit Book Club, a free Grossmont Adult School class that starts Tuesday, Jan. 3, at the El Cajon Library, 201 E. Douglas Ave.

The weekly class is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the library Seminar Room.

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