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By Frans Leppanen, San Diego County Library

September 25, 2017 (Rancho San Diego) -- Six San Diego County authors will appear at a two-hour Author Event, Saturday, October 7 at 2 p.m. at the Rancho San Diego Branch of the San Diego County Branch Library, located at 11555 Via Rancho San Diego, El Cajon, CA 92019.  Authors Oyuki Aguilar, Renee Barnes, Sarah Bates, Dr. RH Gutierrez, Suzette Valle, and Wanjiru Warama will discuss their books. A book signing and reception will follow the authors’ presentations, with copies of the books available for purchase.

The Sport of Parenting by Oyuki Aguilar contains 29 beautifully written letters of wisdom, teachings and memories. Aguilar wrote the book as a love letter to her daughter and son when she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, but the sentiments are for everyone. In Parade magazine, Aguilar said, “Parenting is like a sport, and we are all winners because it doesn’t matter if you win or lose, it’s how you play the game and if you try your best.”

Children’s book author Renee Barnes will discuss Kanatipillar’s New Shoes, Tales from the Evergreen Wood Book 1 and Kopan and the Honeybees, Tales from the Evergreen Wood Book 2. Barnes says, “All the forest creatures share in a variety of situations and challenges that keep children anticipating their next adventure.” The author has created lively characters that share in one adventure after another. Both books are illustrated by the author.

Sarah Bates’ latest novel, The Lost Diaries of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, follows the journey of the famous suffragette from childhood to her marriage to Henry Stanton. Bates wove historical details through Stanton’s factual memoir to arrive at the colorful account of Stanton’s early life. Twenty-One Steps of Courage tells the story of a soldier’s attempt to follow in his father’s footsteps until the path he walks abruptly ends. “I write stories about courageous people who standup to conflict and survive,” Bates says.

Martial arts expert Dr. RH Guiterrez’s memoirs recount his traveling and training in martial arts. Cereus and the Rarest Thing is based on his odyssey to Okinawa, Japan dubbed The Island of the Happy Immortals by the Chinese. Dr. Guiterrez spent three months at the Okinawan Shogun Ryu Karate and Yamane Ryu Bojisu. Off The Rails follows a train trip up the California coast to study martial arts where along the way Guiterrez comes to terms with his parents’ American Dream.

"In a world of…too little family time, Suzette Valle's book, 101 Movies to See Before You Grow Up has great movie choices that bring families closer," says “Movie Mom",  Nell Minow. Valle focuses on entertainment as its primary source for family bonding and creating memories: watching movies and TV shows together, sharing meals, and most importantly traveling together. 100 Movies to See Before You Grow Up has sold over 60,000 copies and is a featured Scholastic book choice. Valle also hosts the popular website, mammarazziknowsbest.com.

Author Wanjiru Warama’s book, Unexpected America, a memoir, is the first in a series of memoirs about her experiences in the United States–including the good, the bad, and the ugly. Wanjiru Warama was born and raised in British colonial Kenya. Her parents were peasant farmworkers and illiterate. Her father allowed her to attend the local school for the first time at the age ten. Warama left Kenya to take a year’s break from her family’s unrealistic expectations for assistance and society’s marginalization of women. From her first day in San Diego, she realized she had to learn to live all over again in a new culture she knew nothing about. In spite of the obstacles she encountered, Warama persisted, earning an MBA and beginning her journey as a writer.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Rancho San Diego Library at (619) 660-5370.