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April 29 (Monday - 7:00 pm) — Post World Book Night. Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore, 7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego.

For additional information go to or call (619) 297-8953 or email

April 30 (Tuesday – 9:30 am) — California Gold – Bradbury & Other California Writers. Grossmont Community College - Griffin Hall, 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon.

For additional information go or call (619) 297-8953 or email

April 30 (Tuesday, 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm) — The Mango Bride was born at the Ink Spot and we’re celebrating its coming out party! Marivi Soliven’s debut novel was drafted in Room to Write sessions for Nanowrimo 2008, took shape with help from SDWI’s classes, and found a home at New American Library (NAL) Penguin Books.

The novel traces the divergent lives of Amparo Guerrero and Beverly Obejas who come to America for different reasons. Banished by her wealthy family in Manila, Amparo lives a much diminished life as an interpreter in Oakland. Beverly arrives in California as a mail order bride, hoping to improve her lot. As the two women work toward their dream lives, they become entangled in each other’s chaotic realities. Their unexpected collision reveals a life changing secret.

Under its original title, In the Service of Secrets, the unpublished novel won the 2011 Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, the Philippine counterpart of the Pulitzer Prize. In January 2013, Ediciones Planeta Madrid bought the rights to publish The Mango Bride in Spanish.

The Mango Bride may be pre-ordered on,, and purchased after the reading at the Ink Spot. FREE (suggest donation $1, non-members $5. Location: The Ink Spot, 710 13th Street, Studio 210, San Diego, CA 92101

April 30 (Tuesday – 6:30 pm) — Which Book Would You Save From the Flames. Mira Mesa Library, 8405 New Salem Street, San Diego.

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May 1 (Wednesday, 7:30 pm) — Warwick's will host 2012 One Book, One San Diego author Zohreh Ghahremani, who will discuss and sign her new novel The Moon Daughter. 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: Rana is certain that her third child will be a boy. She has two daughters, yet a husband who demands a son. When she gives birth to another girl, Yalda, the impact on her marriage is immediate. In 1970s Iran, living within a culture where marital rights and gender roles are maintained with tradition and fervor, Rana is pushed to make the hardest decision of her life, and begins to set in motion a chain of events that will ripple through the next generation.

A family saga, The Moon Daughter explores the universal dynamics of mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, and the struggles that define us.

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

May 2 (Wednesday, 6:00 pm) — Support The Big Read Readings of Literature about Mothers. 30% of all purchases benefits Write Out Loud. Hydrangea Cove, 929 Turquoise Street, San Diego.

For additional information go to or call (619) 297-8953 or email

May 2 (Thursday, 7:30 pm) — Warwick's will host National Book Award Finalist Kevin Powers, who will discuss and sign his novel The Yellow Birds. This event is free and open to the public, however Reserved Seating is available. Please call the Warwick's Book Dept. for details at (858) 454-0347 . In order to be signed The Yellow Birds must be purchased from Warwick's.

Background: A novel written by a veteran of the war in Iraq, The Yellow Birds is the harrowing story of two young soldiers trying to stay alive.

"The war tried to kill us in the spring." So begins this powerful account of friendship and loss. In Al Tafar, Iraq, twenty-one-year old Private Bartle and eighteen-year-old Private Murphy cling to life as their platoon launches a bloody battle for the city. Bound together since basic training when Bartle makes a promise to bring Murphy safely home, the two have been dropped into a war neither is prepared for.

In the endless days that follow, the two young soldiers do everything to protect each other from the forces that press in on every side: the insurgents, physical fatigue, and the mental stress that comes from constant danger. As reality begins to blur into a hazy nightmare, Murphy becomes increasingly unmoored from the world around him and Bartle takes actions he could never have imagined.

With profound emotional insight, especially into the effects of a hidden war on mothers and families at home, The Yellow Birds is a groundbreaking novel that is destined to become a classic.

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

May 4 & 5 (Sunday & Saturday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm) — Huge Inventory Reduction Sale at Open Door, 4761 Cass Street, Pacific Beach. Follow us on facebook too!

May 5 (Sunday, 12:00 pm) — Warwick's will host the co-founders of Star Apple Edible + Fine Gardening, Stefanie Bittner and Leslie Bennett who will discuss and sign their book The Beautiful Edible Garden: Design a Stylish Outdoor Space Using Vegetables, Fruits, and Herbs. This event is free and open to the public. In order to be signed The Beautiful Edible Garden must be purchased from Warwick's.

Background: From the founders of landscape design firm Star Apple Edible & Fine Gardening in the San Francisco Bay Area comes a stylish, beautifully-photographed guide to artfully incorporating organic vegetables, fruits, and herbs into an attractive modern garden design.

We've all seen the vegetable garden overflowing with corn, tomatoes, and zucchini that looks good for a short time, but then quickly turns straggly and unattractive (usually right before friends show up for a backyard barbecue). If you want to grow food but you don't want your yard to look like a farm, what can you do? The Beautiful Edible Garden shares how to not only grow organic fruits and vegetables, but also make your garden a place of year-round beauty that is appealing, enjoyable, and fits your personal style. Written by a landscape design team that specializes in artfully blending edibles and ornamentals together, The Beautiful Edible Garden shows that it's possible for gardeners of all levels to reap the best of both worlds. Featuring a fresh approach to garden design, glorious photographs, and ideas for a range of spaces--from large yards to tiny patios--this guide is perfect for anyone who wants a gorgeous "and" productive garden.

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

May 5 (Sunday, 7:00 pm) — Authors at the Astor: Rabbi Philip Graubart author of Rabbis and Gangsters. Yael Gold is in love with her boss, Rabbi Judah Loeb, but when the rabbi’s wife is found murdered, Yael goes from love-addled naïf to panicky murder suspect overnight. Set in a desert suburb in the Southwest, this brilliant, tense murder mystery keeps readers constantly guessing “whodunit.” With humor and suspense it follows Yael through the shocking murder as her troubled past—a philandering rabbi father, her Cuban gangster relatives, and scarring childhood abuse—provides scope to her difficult but triumphant journey to becoming a spiritual leader. Book purchase and signing following talk. Tickets: $8.00 for JCC Members; $10.00 for Non-members.

Location: Samuel and Rebecca Astor Judaica Library (upstairs) at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, San Diego Center for Jewish Culture, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla. Box Office: or (858) 362-1348

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