LITERARY EVENTS NEWS & CALENDAR ITEMS FOR SAN DIEGO COUNTY BOOK LOVERS JULY 15 - AUG 4

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July 18 (Wednesday, 7:30 pm) — Warwick's will host USD law professor Frank Partnoy who will discuss and sign his book Wait: The Art and Science of Delay. This event is free and open to the public. In order to be signed. the author's most current title must be purchased from Warwick's.

       Background: Warren Buffett compares stock trading to being at bat, except that you don't have to swing until there's a fat pitch. Great athletes agree, but with shorter time horizons. They excel, not because of fast neurological responses, but because of their ability to delay as long as possible before reacting, returning a serve or grabbing a rebound. Successful CEOs, fire fighters, and military officers all know how to manage delay.
     In this provocative, entertaining book, Frank Partnoy provides a necessary rebuttal to the gurus of "go with your gut." He shows that decisions of all kinds, whether "snap" or long-term strategic, benefit from being made at the last possible moment. The art of knowing how long you can afford to delay before committing is at the heart of many a great decision-whether in a corporate takeover or a marriage proposal. Exploring decisions from those made in half a second to those that take months and years, Partnoy demonstrates that procrastination is often virtuous, that the ability to wait is the path to happiness, and that our gut instincts often betray us. We do not always make smart choices in the blink of an eye, as this eye-opening book reveals.
     Warwick's, 7812 Girard Avenue | La Jolla, Ca | 92037 | Ph. (858) 454-0347 | www.warwicks.com.
 

July 21 (Saturday, 7:00 pm) – Warwick's will host the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Little Bee, Chris Cleave who will discuss and sign his newest novel Gold. This event is free and open to the public, although reserved seating is available; please call the Warwick's Book Dept. at (858) 454-0347 for more information. In order to be signed Gold must be purchased from Warwick's.
     Background: Building on the tradition of Little Bee, Chris Cleave again writes with elegance, humor, and passion about friendship, marriage, parenthood, tragedy, and redemption.
     Gold is the story of Zoe and Kate, world-class athletes who have been friends and rivals since their first day of Elite training. They've loved, fought, betrayed, forgiven, consoled, gloried, and grown up together. Now on the eve of London 2012, their last Olympics, both women will be tested to their physical and emotional limits. They must confront each other and their own mortality to decide, when lives are at stake: "What would you sacrifice for the people you love, if it meant giving up the thing that was most important to you in the world?"
     Warwick's, 7812 Girard Avenue | La Jolla, Ca | 92037 | Ph. (858) 454-0347 | www.warwicks.com.
 
July 27 (Friday, 7:30 pm) – Warwick's will host professor of history at Rice University Douglas Brinkley, who will discuss and sign his latest book Cronkite. This event is free and open to the public, although reserved seating is available; please call the Warwick's Book Dept. at (858) 454-0347 for more information. In order to be signed, Cronkite must be purchased from Warwick's.
     Background: For decades, Walter Cronkite was known as "the most trusted man in America." Millions across the nation welcomed him into their homes, first as a print reporter for the United Press on the front lines of World War II, and later, in the emerging medium of television, as a host of numerous documentary programs and as anchor of the CBS Evening News, from 1962 until his retirement in 1981. Yet this very public figure, undoubtedly the twentieth century's most revered journalist, was a remarkably private man; few know the full story of his life. Drawing on unprecedented access to Cronkite's private papers as well as interviews with his family and friends, Douglas Brinkley now brings this American icon into focus as never before.
     Brinkley traces Cronkite's story from his roots in Missouri and Texas through the Great Depression, during which he began his career, to World War II, when he gained notice reporting with Allied troops from North Africa, D-day, and the Battle of the Bulge. In 1950, Edward R. Murrow recruited him to work for CBS, where he covered presidential elections, the space program, Vietnam, and the first televised broadcasts of the Olympic Games, as both a reporter and later as an anchor for the evening news. Cronkite was also witness to–and the nation's voice for–many of the most profound moments in modern American history, including the Kennedy assassination, Apollos 11 and 13, Watergate, the Vietnam War, and the Iran hostage crisis.
     Epic, intimate, and masterfully written, Cronkite is the much-anticipated biography of an extraordinary American life, told by one of our most brilliant and respected historians.
     Warwick's, 7812 Girard Avenue | La Jolla, Ca | 92037 | Ph. (858) 454-0347 | www.warwicks.com.
 
July 28 (Saturday, 10 am to 12 noon) – Publishers and Writers of San Diego (PWSD) will hold its monthly meeting on Saturday, July 28, 10 am to 12 noon at the Carlsbad Library, 1775 Dove Lane. The topic for the meeting is “Sell More Books Online.” The presenter is Jeniffer Thompson, Internet marketing specialist, website strategist, and owner of Monkey C Media. Jeniffer will share ideas on what makes an author site powerful and how to optimize a site for more visibility, driving traffic, and selling more books. Additionally, Chad Thompson of Chad Thompson Photography will be offering professional head shots for $35. 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.
 
July 28 (Saturday 10:00 am to 2:00 pm)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 in and around the Oceanside Civic Center Plaza and Community Rooms. The team of OCAF and Oceanside Public Library are planning a bigger, more exciting event this year. It will take place outdoors with select food vendors, and include music, panel discussions, and a book club roundtable. Admission to “Write On, Oceanside!” is free of charge to general public. Attendees will have an opportunity to talk with their favorite authors, meet new local authors, take pictures and get autographs, and purchase books directly from the authors.
     The organizational committee of “Write On, Oceanside!” is currently seeking participation from published Oceanside authors. It will consider published, self-published, and independent publisher works in the following categories: non-fiction, fiction, children's books, teenage, how-to, comics / graphic novels, poetry, plays, science fiction / horror, biography / autobiography, gardening, cookbooks, animals, photography/art, mystery and spiritual. Deadline is June 30, 2012. For more information on how to be a part of this special event visit the OCAF website www.ocaf.info or contact Eliane Weidauer at meliane@cox.net.
     (In 2011, visitors of “Write On, Oceanside!” had an opportunity to talk with such published Oceanside authors, as Tom Morrow, known for his works “Dark Angel: The Case of the Classified Murders”; Stryker Meyer with “On the Ground: The Secret War in Vietnam”; Jim Ryan with “Murder in Oceana”; Jannine Corte-Petska, romance novelist, author of “The Lily and the Falcon” and “Surrender to Honor”; and Stephen Prosapio, who wrote "Ghost of Rosewood Asylum". Also present were youth writers Deborah Copeland, author of "Kids at Latimer High" series and Marta Arroyo with "The Story of Senora Tamales". More than 20 whose works included mystery, romance, military, and western fictions, as well as how-to, religious, and children’s stories were present. The event featured a special speech by Victor Villasenor, an acclaimed Oceanside author.)
 
July 28 (Saturday, 1:00 pm) – Warwick's will host the acclaimed author of Wild, Cheryl Strayed who will discuss and sign Tiny Beautiful Things. This event is free and open to the public. In order to be signed the author's most current title must be purchased from Warwick's.
     Background: Life can be hard: your lover cheats on you; you lose a family member; you can't pay the bills–and it can be great: you've had the hottest sex of your life; you get that plum job; you muster the courage to write your novel. Sugar, the once-anonymous online columnist at The Rumpus, now revealed as Cheryl Strayed, author of the bestselling memoir Wild, is the person thousands turn to for advice.
     Tiny Beautiful Things brings the best of "Dear Sugar" in one place and includes never-before-published columns and a new introduction by Steve Almond. Rich with humor, insight, compassion, and absolute honesty, this book is a balm for everything life throws our way.
     Warwick's, 7812 Girard Avenue | La Jolla, Ca | 92037 | Ph. (858) 454-0347 | www.warwicks.com.
 
July 29 (Sunday, 7:00 pm)Vermin on the Mount announces the line-up for a night of irreverent readings with Cecil Castellucci, Stacy Dyson, Heather Fowler, Carlos Kotkin, Andrew Printer, April Ventura and your host, Jim Ruland. Join us at 3rdspace at 4610 Park Blvd in University Heights. But it’s not just a literary event, it’s our eighth anniversary party. We started Vermin on the Mount in August of 2004 and we’re still going strong. Vermin on the Mount kicks off at 7pm. Readings at 8pm. Drinks provided by So Say We All. Books, zines and more available at the merch table.
     Cecil Castellucci is the author of books and graphic novels for young adults including Boy Proof, The Plain Janes, First Day on Earth. Her newest novel is The Year of the Beasts. She is the YA editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books and a two time MacDowell Fellow.
     Stacy Dyson has spent her life performing, singing, designing, and producing her way around the world of poetry. She is the author of six chapbooks and four CDs, the recipient of numerous awards, and does one-woman shows, workshops, and literary program design all over the country.
     Heather Fowler celebrates the release of her second collection of magic realism stories People with Holes published by Pink Narcissus. Her third collection, This Time While We’re Awake, will be published in spring of 2013.
     Carlos Kotkin is the author of Please God Let It Be Herpes: A Heartfelt Quest for Love and Companionship. He is an L.A.-based stand-up comedian and a regular on Comedy Central.
     Born in Hong Kong and raised there, Texas and rural England Andrew Printeris an artist and writer who has lived in San Diego since 1991. Andrew's videos and photographs have been exhibited internationally and his work is included in several collections.
     April Ventura has been rocking the San Diego comedy scene for five years. She is a performance coach for So Say We All and an acting coach for T3 Triple Threat, a non-profit that provides free theatrical arts classes for at-risk young people.
     Viet Vu is an illustrator and comic artist in Los Angeles. He works in a library.
     For additional information contact Twitter: @JimVermin. Vermin on the Mount: www.vermin.blogs.com.
 
July 31 (Tuesday, 7:30 pm) — Warwick's will host debut novelist M.L. Stedman, who will discuss and sign The Light Between Oceans. This event is free and open to the public. In order to be signed, the book must be purchased from Warwick's.
     Background: After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day's journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby's cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.
     Tom, whose records as a lighthouse keeper are meticulous and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel has taken the tiny baby to her breast. Against Tom's judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.
     M. L. Stedman's mesmerizing, beautifully written novel seduces us into accommodating Isabel's decision to keep this "gift from God." And we are swept into a story about extraordinarily compelling characters seeking to find their North Star in a world where there is no right answer, where justice for one person is another's tragic loss.
     Warwick's, 7812 Girard Avenue | La Jolla, Ca | 92037 | Ph. (858) 454-0347 | www.warwicks.com.
 
AUGUST
 
August 1-4 (Wednesday to Saturday) — UNITY hits Las Vegas this time around. Join the Asian American Journalists Association, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the Native American Journalists Association, and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association in Las Vegas, to engage and connect.
     Register online at https://www.unityconvention.org/registration.cfm. This notice is from the San Diego Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Visit us online at www.spjsandiego.org. Questions, or have information to share? Contact us at spjsandiego@gmail.com.
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AUTHORS EVENTS
July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 (Mondays 7:00pm - 900: pm)Fiction Workshop: Structure with Robin Tung. In this 5-week workshop we will focus primarily on shaping fiction to set up characters, build tension, and answer the questions we raise in our stories. http://www.sandiegowriters.org/?p=3826
 
July 7 and 14 (Saturdays 10:00 am – 1:00 pm) — Turning Points: Writing Personal Narrative Essays with Judy Reeves. In the first session of this two-part workshop, we’ll embark on expeditions to discover, uncover, recover those moments of change in our lives–both large and small and through workshop writing exercises generate the beginnings (or middles or ends/epiphanies) — of personal narrative pieces. http://www.sandiegowriters.org/?p=3791
 
July 17 (Tuesday 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm) — The Write Stuff Read & Critique Group. Come join us at Panera Bread in Solano Beach. Free. Please bring in 6 to 8 copies of your writing to share with the group: up to 5 pages of double-spaced, or 2 pages of single spaced writing. Our group has everything from short stories, to long novels and memoirs. For more info contact Debbie at dmt3@roadrunner.com
 
July 24 (Tuesday 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm) — The Write Stuff Read & Critique Group. Come join us at Panera Bread in Solano Beach. Free. Please bring in 6 to 8 copies of your writing to share with the group: up to 5 pages of double-spaced, or 2 pages of single spaced writing. Our group has everything from short stories, to long novels and memoirs. For more info contact Debbie at dmt3@roadrunner.com
 
July 31 (Tuesday 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm) — The Write Stuff Read & Critique Group. Come join us at Panera Bread in Solano Beach. Free. Please bring in 6 to 8 copies of your writing to share with the group: up to 5 pages of double-spaced, or 2 pages of single spaced writing. Our group has everything from short stories, to long novels and memoirs. For more info contact Debbie at dmt3@roadrunner.com
 
AUGUST
 
August 1-4 — UNITY Convention in Las Vegas. Join the Asian American Journalists Association, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the Native American Journalists Association, and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association in Las Vegas, to engage and connect.
     Register online at https://www.unityconvention.org/registration.cfm.
 
August 4 (Saturday, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm) — San Diego Professional Editors Network (SD/PEN) is presenting “All Things Business” at Hera Hub, 9710 Scranton Road, #160. The one-day educational and inspirational workshop includes a keynote speaker, choice of three breakout sessions, and a catered lunch. Topics include business plans, foolproof communications, branding, social media, and home office organization.
     Among the expert presenters are Ann marie Houghtailing, Jackie Estrada, Jana Hartwell, and several SCORE counselors. The event is geared toward professional business owners in industries like copyediting, writing, publishing, coaching, and anyone who wants valuable knowledge to jump start or grow their business. Cost for the day is $45 for SD/PEN members and $65 for non-members registered by July 15, after which the price goes up $10. For information and registration visit www.sdpen.com. Space is limited.
 
SEPTEMBER
 
September 21-23 — The 26th annual Southern California Writers' Conference in Los Angeles. With nearly $4 million dollars worth of publishing success behind us, as always, our next event is geared to get you where you want to go with your work. Here's the latest:
     1. Workshop Leaders & Advance Submission Readers
     2. Darlene Quinn's "Webs of Fate" Trailer
     3. NovelCram Immersion Track Returns
     4. Write Click Sponsors $75 Registration Discount
     5. Win A Kindle eBook Reader Contest
For additional information, go to www.WritersConference.com.
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