READERS CALENDAR FOR APRIL 1-20, 2013

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April 4 (Thursday, 6:30 pm) — Carolie Jean-Murat will be signing her new book, Voodoo in My Blood at Barns & Noble, 10775 Westview Parkway, San Diego. Call (858) 684-3166 for additional information.

April 6 (Saturday, 11:00 am) — Mark Carlson will be signing his new book, Confessions of a Guide Dog, the Blind Leading the Blind, at the Carmel Mountain Ranch Library, 12095 World Trade Drive, San Diego. Call (619) 538-8181 for additional information.

April 6 (Saturday, noon) — Laura Preble will be signing her new book, Out, at the Mysterious Galaxy, 7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, Suite 302, San Diego. Call (858) 268-4747 for additional information.

April 13 (Saturday, 1:00 pm) — Adventures by the Book is pleased to partner with the Carlsbad Library for a Chinese Tea Adventure with New York Times bestselling author Lisa See, together with Qigong master and renowned health educator and author Kenneth Cohen at the Carlsbad (Dove) Library, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad 92011. This is a free event (although spaces are limited, so tickets are required and will be distributed while supplies last at the library beginning at 12:00 noon on the day of the event). Event includes a Chinese tea tasting, demonstration, and author presentation by Kenneth Cohen at 1:00pm followed by an author presentation and Q&A by Lisa See at 2:00pm. Book signing to follow.

About the Authors: Lisa See, New York Times bestselling author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Shanghai Girls, and Dreams of Joy, frequently draws upon her own family’s Chinese heritage to create her enormously popular works of Chinese historical fiction. Kenneth Cohen is a renowned practitioner of indigenous medicine. He is the author of the critically acclaimed books The Way of Qigong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing and Honoring the Medicine: The Essential Guide to Native American Healing. Ken speaks and reads the Chinese language, and his academic training includes graduate study of Taoism and theology.

For more information regarding the event, please contact Jessica Padilla at (760) 602-2012 or at Jessica.Padilla@carlsbadca.gov, or Susan McBeth at susan@adventuresbythebook.com or at (619) 300-2532.

April 13 (Saturday) — Adventures by the Book is pleased to present a Chinatown (Los Angeles) Adventure by the Book day trip with New York Times bestselling author Lisa See inspired by her first book, On Gold Mountain (1995). The book traces the journey of Lisa’s great-grandfather, Fong See, who overcame obstacles at every step to become the patriarch of a sprawling family and the 100-year old godfather of L.A.’s Chinatown. This is a ticketed event ($129.00 per person) which includes round-trip transportation, a private tour guide, an authentic dim sum lunch, an autographed copy of On Gold Mountain, and the unique opportunity to tour Chinatown with Lisa. Tour is limited to 20 participants.

About the Author and Book: The tour will explore the history of the City of Angels’ most interesting and authentic ethnic neighborhood as seen through the eyes of the author whose ancestors were integral in the founding of Chinatown. We will visit the See’s antique store—still in business–where Lisa spent much of her childhood listening to her grandmother tell stories that would eventually provide the inspiration for her bestselling books, including Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Shanghai Girls, and Dreams of Joy. Following the tour, an authentic dim sum lunch with Lisa will be waiting for us at the Empress Pavilion Restaurant. After lunch, we have free time for shopping (Lisa will provide us with some insider’s tips) before heading back to San Diego.

For more information regarding the event, please contact Susan McBeth at (619) 300-2532 or at susan@adventuresbythebook.com.

April 15 (Monday, 7:00 pm) — Warwick's will host founder and principal of Book Architecture, Stuart Horwitz as he leads The First Draft is the Easy Part: Revision Demystified, a Writing Workshop. The cost of the workshop is $16.00 and includes a copy of Horwitz's book Blueprint Your Bestseller, writing materials, and specialty items provided by the author. To register, please contact the Warwick's Book Dept. at (858) 454-0347 . Deadline for registration is Wednesday, April 10th.

Background: The First Draft is the Easy Part will introduce key concepts from the Book Architecture Method, a 22 step process that has helped bestselling writers transform their messy manuscripts into polished books, signing with top literary agencies and sealing deals with coveted publishing houses.

In-store exercises will alternate with an engaging presentation that will provide not only entertainment value but also examples of the Book Architecture Method in action. There will be ample opportunity for questions throughout the evening.

The First Draft is the Easy Part assumes nothing of an attendee's previous knowledge of writing technique, nor how much of their manuscript is complete, nor what genre they aspire to work in. Accomplished and aspiring writers alike will discover new ways to approach the creation of a compelling narrative at the frequently overlooked macro level.

About the Presenter: Stuart Horwitz is the founder and principal of Book Architecture, a firm of independent editors based in Providence and Boston (www.BookArchitecture.com). Book Architecture's clients have reached the best-seller list in both fiction and non-fiction, and have appeared on Oprah!, The Today Show, The Tonight Show, and in the most prestigious journals in their respective fields.

Now, Horwitz has mapped out the same system that has helped writers tackle rather than tinker with their manuscripts in his new book Blueprint Your Bestseller: Organize and Revise any Manuscript with The Book Architecture Method, named one of 2013's best books about writing by The Writer magazine.

Horwitz holds degrees in Literary Aesthetics from New York University and East Asian Studies from Harvard University. He is an award-winning poet and essayist who has taught writing at Grub Street of Boston and Brown University. He lives in Rhode Island with his wife and two daughters.

For more information regarding the event, please contact Warwick's Books | 7812 Girard Avenue | La Jolla, Ca | 92037 | Ph. (858) 454-0347 | www.warwicks.com.

April 17 (Wednesday, 7:00 pm) — Warwick's will host Cartoonist and #1 New York Times bestselling creator of Pearls Before Swine Stephan Pastis, who will discuss and sign his new kids book Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made. This event is free and open to the public. In order to be signed Timmy Failure must be purchased from Warwick's.

Background: Take eleven-year-old Timmy Failure – the clueless, comically self-confident CEO of the best detective agency in town, or perhaps the nation. Add his impressively lazy business partner, a very large polar bear named Total. Throw in the Failuremobile – Timmy's mom's Segway – and what you have is Total Failure, Inc., a global enterprise destined to make Timmy so rich that his mother won't have to stress out about the bills anymore.

Of course, his plan does not include the four-foot-tall female whose name shall not be uttered. And it doesn't include Rollo Tookus, who is so obsessed with getting into "Stanfurd" that he can't carry out a no-brainer spy mission.

From the offbeat creator of Pearls Before Swine comes an endearingly bumbling hero in a caper whose peerless hilarity comes with a whodunit twist.

For more information regarding the event, please contact Warwick's Books | 7812 Girard Avenue | La Jolla, Ca | 92037 | Ph. (858) 454-0347 | www.warwicks.com.

April 18, (Thursday, 7:30 pm) — Warwick's will host Edgar Award-winning author T. Jefferson Parker, who will discuss and sign The Famous and the Dead. This event is free and open to the public. In order to be signed The Famous and the Dead must be purchased from Warwick's.

Background: The explosive conclusion to T. Jefferson Parker's New York Times bestselling Charlie Hood series. Los Angeles County sheriff 's deputy Charlie Hood is attached to the ATF, working undercover on the iron river that flows across the U.S.-Mexican border. The diamond fillings he wears in his left canine glimmer, distracting the men who sell the illegal firearms that enable the unspeakable violence on both sides of the map. Spotting the sparkle when "Charlie Diamonds" opens his mouth is often their first step toward life behind bars.

Meanwhile, Bradley Jones, sheriff 's deputy and employee of the Baja Cartel, son of the love of Charlie's life, the deceased L.A. outlaw Suzanne Jones, is expecting a son of his own. Suzanne was descended from famed Mexican desperado Joaquin Murrieta, whose embalmed head Bradley inherited from her and keeps nestled among piles of cash, proceeds from Bradley's own life of crime.

Charlie knows all of Bradley's secrets; the question is what he'll do with the information. Until he decides, his obsession remains the inexplicable existence of Mike Finnegan, the diminutive devil who flits in and out of both men's lives, knowing things he shouldn't, seemingly immortal.

Three men: earnest law-enforcer, inveterate lawbreaker, and the man who pits them against each other-hurtle toward one another in the jaw-dropping conclusion to T. Jefferson Parker's mesmerizing vision of the border. Their climactic showdown brings to a spectacular close a crime series that obliterated the boundaries of the genre.

For more information regarding the event, please contact Warwick's Books | 7812 Girard Avenue | La Jolla, Ca | 92037 | Ph. (858) 454-0347 | www.warwicks.com.

April 19 (Friday, 6:00 to 7:30 pm) — Fallbrook’s Writers Read presents T. Jefferson Parker reading from the final novel in his bestselling Charlie Hood series, The Famous and the Dead at Café des Artistes, 103 S. Main, Fallbrook, CA., enter from the rear parking lot.

For more information, contact K-B Gressitt at kbgressitt@gmail.com or 760-522-1064 or visit www.excusemeimwriting.com/writers-read/.

April 20 (Saturday, 7:30 am to 7:30 pm) — Warwick's will host a bus trip to the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Tickets for the bus are $75 per person and include transportation to and from the Festival, a continental breakfast, an afternoon snack, and book-related goodies. For more information or to register please call the Warwick's Book Dept. at (858) 454-0347.

Background: The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books began in 1996 with a simple goal: to bring together the people who create books with the people who love to read them. The festival was an immediate success and has become the largest and most prestigious book festival in the country, attracting more than 150,000 book lovers each year. This year the event will be held on the USC campus. For more information visit http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/.

For more information regarding the event, please contact Warwick's Books | 7812 Girard Avenue | La Jolla, Ca | 92037 | Ph. (858) 454-0347 | www.warwicks.com.

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