June 26 (Tuesday, 7:30 pm) – Warwick's will host former U.S. Navy SEAL Brandon Webb as he discusses and signs his book The Red Circle. This event is free and open to the public. In order to be signed, the author's book must be purchased from Warwick's.
Background: Brandon Webb's experiences in the world's most elite sniper corps are the stuff of legend. From his grueling years of training in Naval Special Operations to his combat tours in the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan, The Red Circle provides a rare and riveting look at the inner workings of the U.S. military through the eyes of a covert operations specialist.
Yet it is Webb's distinguished second career as a lead instructor for the shadowy "sniper cell" and Course Manager of the Navy SEAL Sniper Program that trained some of America's finest and deadliest warriors-including Marcus Luttrell and Chris Kyle-that makes his story so compelling. Luttrell credits Webb's training with his own survival during the ill-fated 2005 Operation Redwing in Afghanistan. Kyle went on to become the U.S. military's top marksman, with more than 150 confirmed kills.
From a candid chronicle of his student days, going through the sniper course himself, to his hair-raising close calls with Taliban and al Qaeda forces in the northern Afghanistan wilderness, to his vivid account of designing new sniper standards and training some of the most accomplished snipers of the twenty-first century, Webb provides a rare look at the making of the Special Operations warriors who are at the forefront of today's military. Explosive, revealing, and intelligent, The Red Circle provides a uniquely personal glimpse into one of the most challenging and secretive military training courses in the world.
June 27 (Wednesday, 7:30 pm) – Warwick's will host local pediatrician and author Sarita Eastman, M.D. who will discuss and sign her latest book Good Company. This event is free and open to the public. In order to be signed the author's most current book must be purchased from Warwick's.
Background: Good Company documents the story of Scripps and how it has impacted San Diego over the past 80 years. The book itself is written in the form of engaging vignettes, weaving the stories of important Scripps people with historic San Diego events. From the humble beginnings of health care in San Diego to saving Mother Teresa's life, Dr. Eastman's book is a fascinating and relevant read.
June 27 (Wednesday, 7:30 pm) – For $5 or a gently used romance book you can attend the Lady Jane’s Salon here in San Diego. June 27th 6:30pm-9pm at Mosaic Wine Bar we will host Christie Ridgeway, Melissa Cutler, Jill Limber, and Cassi Carver. To RSVP and for more information please visit our site at www.ladyjanessalonsd.wordpress.com.
June 28 (Thursday, 7:30 pm) – Warwick's will host founder and Chief Executive Officer of Widows Wear Stilettos, Inc., Carole Brody Fleet, who will discuss and sign her book Happily Even After. This event is free and open to the public. In order to be signed the author's most current book must be purchased from Warwick's.
Background: The issues that surround the loss of a spouse are numerous and complex. A very small sampling of these issues include helping children cope with a parent's death, re-entering the workplace and eventually re-entering the world of dating, love and intimacy; as well as moving through a profoundly emotional period. The widowed must find a way to accept and deal with these oftentimes conflicting and confusing emotions while being expected to "carry on and carry forward" by those around them. The widowed must also adjust financially and legally; as well as be available to children that inevitably look to their surviving parent for guidance and support. Whether newly widowed or widowed for many years, those who has suffered the loss of a spouse have many questions that need answering and they likely know no one who is adequately qualified to answer those questions.
Award-winning author and grief recovery expert, Carole Brody Fleet follows up the critically acclaimed: Widows Wear Stilettos with the aptly-titled, Happily Even After, the first and only book of its kind; answering the most common questions that the widowed generally have both immediately following a spouse's death as well as months and even years thereafter. These questions are excerpted from thousands of actual letters received by the author and the responses are from the author's own perspective; based upon considerable personal and professional experience and insight.
Since the questions featured are the more commonly asked questions by those who are themselves widowed, readers will likely find answers to most of the questions that they have concerning widowhood; dealing with everything from child rearing as a widowed parent to coping with relatives who fancy themselves financial wizards, to the "rules of intimacy..".and a wide-ranging variety of subjects in between. In her warm, witty and wise tone, Carole walks widows through the shock and overwhelming sadness and back into the land of the living. Whether you are a young woman in the early years of a marriage, a Golden Anniversary celebrant or a "widow of the heart" who lost a significant other with no legal claims, Fleet will hold your hand and offer you practical tools for any problem you may face.
June 28 (Thur. 7:00 pm) – Stanford anthropolist Tanya Marie Luhrmann will discuss her critically acclaimed book When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God at D.G.Wills Books, 7461 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, 858-456-1800, www.dgwillsbooks.com.
How does God become and remain real for modern evangelicals? How are rational, sensible people of faith able to experience the presence of a powerful yet invisible being and sustain that belief in an environment of overwhelming skepticism? T. M. Luhrmann, an anthropologist trained in psychology, explores the extraordinary process that leads some believers to a place where God is profoundly real and his voice can be heard amid the clutter of everyday thoughts. While attending services and various small group meetings at her local branch of the Vineyard, an evangelical church with hundreds of congregations across the country, Luhrmann sought to understand how some members were able to communicate with God, not just through one-sided prayers but with discernable feedback. Astute, deeply intelligent, and sensitive, When God Talks Back is a remarkable approach to the intersection of religion, psychology, and science, and the effect it has on the daily practices of the faithful.
“Yet again T. M. Luhrmann investigates a puzzling phenomenon and illuminates it brilliantly. Whether you are a determined rationalist or a dedicated evangelical, you’ll be enlightened by Luhrmann’s synthesis–a worthy successor to William James’s The Varieties of Religious Experience.” –Howard Gardner, Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education, Harvard University.
Not since Robert Bellah’s Habits of the Heart a quarter century ago has there been so readable, so informing, so scholarly, and yet so winsome a report about any group of American believers as Luhrmann’s When God Talks Back. This is religion writing at its best–a masterful examination that is a candid, humble, clear-eyed, and affirming record of what faith looks like and how it operates.” –Phyllis Tickle, author of The Great Emergence and founding editor of Publishers Weekly’s Religion Department.
Tanya Marie Luhrmann is the Watkins University Professor in the Stanford Anthropology Department. She received her education from Harvard and Cambridge universities, and was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2003. In 2007, she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her books include Persuasions of the Witch’s Craft; The Good Parsi; and Of Two Minds: An Anthropologist Looks at American Psychiatry.
June 30 (Sat. 9:00 pm) – Jimmy Jazz will be making a public appearance at The Go Lounge, 7123 El Cajon Blvd. Please save the date. he plans to read from House of the Unwed Mother among other sundry gems from the spoken word graveyard. House of the Unwed Mother was his first novel and is back in print for the first time since its limited release in 1992. A 20th Anniversary! Please 'like' or 'share' it on fb, and if you can write a review on Amazon. He will have copies at the show for sale $10. If you can't wait you can order right now via CreateSpace or Amazon in both trade paper and Kindle forms. No Cover 21+.
House of the Unwed Mother tells the fictionalized story of Anastasia Monera and six of her friends from the Mormon church who had babies before they were ready. The novel tries to provide the gritty details of each young woman's sexual history. Any resemblance to actual persons on this mailing list should be considered strictly coincidental as this is a work of imagination.
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July 28 (Saturday, 10 am - 2 pm) — Find Your Voice: A Poetry Workshop with Lillian-Yvonne Bertram. We will be reading specific poems, examining them with an eye to adapting and translating structures, moves, premises, and even ambience into our own work by doing exercises and generating poems. http://www.sandiegowriters.org/?p=3913
June 28 (Thrusday) — SPJ-SD Annual Awards Banquet, at: The Bali Hai on Shelter Island.
June 23 (Saturday 7:00pm) — Marni Freedman in Conversation with John Vorhaus. Publishing in the Post-Paper world can be viewed as, variously, a problem to be solved, an opportunity to embrace, or the seventh circle of hell. Your interlocutor, John Vorhaus, has experienced e-publishing in all these modes, and looks forward to sharing his discoveries with you. http://www.sandiegowriters.org/?p=3758.
June 30 (Saturday) — Deadline: Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation, partnering with Oceanside Public Library, will hold Write On, Oceanside 2!, a second annual book fair celebrating Oceanside-only authors. This year the event will be held Saturday, July 28, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. (See July 28th).
June 30 (Saturday, 10 am to 12 noon) — Publishers and Writers of San Diego (PWSD) will hold its monthly meeting at the Carlsbad Library, 1775 Dove Lane. The topic for the meeting is Use Your Book to Sell You and You to Sell Your Book. The presenter is Deirdre Maloney, author, speaker and president of Momentum which helps nonprofit organizations meet their missions through better business.
Deirdre’s efforts to find success in speaking and selling books began immediately upon publishing The Mission Myth. Since that time and after several mistakes, she figured out how to get what she wanted from both. She now speaks regularly at conferences and uses each opportunity to get her books sold. She’ll share the tips and tricks she figured out along her journey such as: how can published authors create effective strategies to get the best of both worlds; how can authors leverage their excellence in one area to achieve goals in the other; what’s the difference between a book pitch and a speaking pitch and how should each be crafted.
Anyone interested or involved in writing, editing, publishing, designing, or anything related to books is welcome to attend. Members cost $10, non-members $15. Visit www.PublishersWriters.org for more information and to register for the meeting.
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