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Copyright 2018 by Sam Warren

“Finishing a book is just like you took a child out in the backyard and shot it.”  —Truman Capote 


December 8, 2018 (San Diego) – From a writers’ and editors’ holiday potluck party to author book signings, writing classes and library events, there’s a lot happening in our local literary community.




December 9 (Sunday, 2:00 p.m.) — Few titles have been forever etched into gaming culture and history like that of Dungeons & Dragons. Many games can thank it for inspiration. Novels have been written based on people’s played campaigns. Because of D&D’s importance, there have been many stories and biographies written about it over the years. What sets Dungeons and Dragons Art and Arcana: A Visual History apart is that it is an officially produced history that as the publisher’s website says, “provides an unprecedented look at the visual evolution of the brand, showing its continued influence on the worlds of pop culture and fantasy.” On hand for this event will Jon Peterson, an investigator of wargames and role-playing games history and one of the authors of Dungeons and Dragons Art and Arcana, and Caleb Cleveland, a visual artist and author of the picture books The ABCs of D&D and The 123s of D&D.

For additional information:

Mysterious Galaxy, 5943 Balboaa Ave., Suite 100, San Diego, CA (858) 268-4747


December 10 (Monday, 6:00 p.m.) — Adventures by the Book® is pleased to partner with renowned

chef Isabel Cruz for our new Cooking at the Cantina Adventures series. The first part of this series, Tamale Holiday Cooking, is at Isabel’s Cantina, 966 Felspar St. San Diego, CA 92109.  This event is ticketed ($60 per hands on cooking class or $150 for three class package) and is open to the public.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR AND BOOK: Isabel Cruz is Popular San Diego chef and author Isabel Cruz brings her culinary Latin heritage front and center, adding to it the Asian influence she absorbed while growing up in Los Angeles. For more than two decades, customers have lined up outside the doors of West Coast chef Isabel Cruz’s three popular restaurants. Cruz, who is known for her innovative and healthy twist on traditional Latin fare, balances her ingredients to cook the delicious food that she, her family, and her restaurant patrons love.

For additional information, please contact Susan McBeth at (619) 300-2532 or at


December 11 (Tuesday, 7:00 p.m.) — Shannon Messenger signs Flashback. Shannon is the creator of the middle grade series The Keeper of the Lost Cities, and the young adult series The Skyfall trilogy. The seventh book in the Lost Cities series is Flashback. Join Sophie Foster in her journey with battle training as she faces secrets from her past that are blurring with the present. Messenger has a background in film, art, and screenwriting, for she graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts but found that writing children’s stories is where her passions lay.

Read more at:

Mysterious Galaxy, 5943 Balboa Ave., Suite 100, San Diego, CA (858) 268-4747


December 13 (Thursday, 7:00 p.m.) — The next meeting of The Catapult Book Club will be discussing the November 2018 selection, Signs Preceding the End of the World by Yuri Herrera.

The Book Catapult – 3010-B Juniper Street, San Diego, CA (619) 795-3780 –


December 14 (Friday, 7:00 p.m.) — David Bajo signs The Ensenada Public Library. His fourth novel, The Ensenada Public Library, follows two narratives that are intricately linked. The first introduces four librarians who burn thousands of books per week to, oddly enough, protect the integrity of literature. The second stems from a book that mysteriously escapes the burn chute every time.

Read more at:

Mysterious Galaxy, 5943 Balboa Ave. Suite 100, San Diego, CA (858) 268-4747


December 15 (Saturday, 2:00 p.m.) — Look alive readers for this Dark Holiday Gathering of Young Adult science fiction and fantasy!

Read more at:

Mysterious Galaxy, 5943 Balboa Ave. Suite 100, San Diego, CA (858) 268-4747.


December 15 (Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.) — Serra Mesa-Kearny Mesa Library (9005 Aero Drive) hosts the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild for a holiday book signing. Meet talented Guild authors who have written memoirs, children's books, westerns, romances, inspirational books, fables, and more. This is your chance to get signed copies for yourself, friends, and family.

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December 16 (Sunday, 11:30 a.m.) — Coffee with the Catapult: Best of 2018 Year-end Wrap-up Edition of Coffee with the Catapult.

The Book Catapult – 3010-B Juniper Street, San Diego, CA (619) 795-3780


December 16 (Sunday, 2:00 p.m.) — Simon Benjamin signs Scam Seduction. Simon Benjamin is a former real estate consultant who graduated from the University of Southern California and local University of San Diego. His debut novel, Scam Seduction, is a crime-thriller inspired by true events. It explores the many ways in which money can seduce in the worlds of government and big business.

Read more at:

Mysterious Galaxy, 5943 Balboa Ave. Suite 100, San Diego, CA (858) 268-4747


December 18 (Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.) — Warwick's will host Nicolás Obregón to discuss and sign his new book Sins as Scarlet. Obregón is British, born of Spanish parents, and grew up between London and Madrid. Currently an editor for a legal publishing company, he previously worked as a travel writer and gained extensive experience of Japan. 

After a brutal murder investigation ripped apart his life, Kosuke Iwata quit both his job as a detective with the Tokyo Police Department and his country, leaving Japan for the hopefully sunnier shores of Los Angeles, California. But even though he's left his old life behind, he still has to make a living and Iwata sets up shop as a private investigator. But murder still follows him.

Read more at:

Warwick's Books, 7812 Girard Ave. La Jolla (858) 454-0347


December 21 (Friday, 7:00 p.m.) — December's book discussion pick is Sea Witch by Sarah Henning. The Mysterious Galaxy Young Adult Book Club has one simple mission, to bring together people who love reading Young Adult in a fun group where we can talk about amazing stories.

Read more at:

Mysterious Galaxy, 5943 Balboa Ave. Suite 100, San Diego, CA (858) 268-4747

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Go to:  for a complete list of all the classes & Events for San Diego Writers Ink and the Ink Spot.

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December 17 (Monday, 6:30 p.m.)  — The San Diego Writers and Editors Guild Holiday Potluck Party will be held in place of this month’s meeting, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in our usual meeting space. The holiday potluck features hors d’oeuvres, salads, desserts and other finger foods. All dishes are provided by the members as potluck items. Beverages will be provided by SDWEG. SDWEG members and their guests are welcome to attend.

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In addition to books, your local library has many events for children to include crafts, games and storytimes.



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