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January 15, 2013 (San Diego)--Children’s Book Drive: Adventures by the Book, in partnership with Yellow Book Road Children's Bookstore, is hosting a special book drive and fundraising event featuring 10 bestselling and popular children's authors and illustrators, some of the most talented children's authors and illustrators in Southern California.

Representatives from Sandy Hook have indicated the best way to honor their memory is to make a difference in our community. Therefore, this special event will benefit the San Diego Center for Children which, for 125 years, has provided expert therapeutic care and counseling for children and teens suffering from mental health challenges.

All books donated, as well as proceeds therefrom, will be donated to the SD Center for Children in memory of Sandy Hook.  In addition, the event will include an opportunity drawing to benefit the SD Center for Children, featuring special items donated by authors and publishers.

Due to the important nature of this fundraiser, and the short time frame we have to reach our lofty goal of obtaining 450 book donations (to represent one each for the students of Sandy Hook Elementary School), we would be grateful for any media coverage, event listings, or interviews available to cover and help promote the event.

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The San Diego Public Library's 47th Annual Local Authors Exhibit: The Library is going to display it in the exhibit, which will run the entire month of February 2013 in the lobby of the Central Library downtown.

January 15 (Tuesday, 7:00 pm) — “Jewish Poets - Jewish Voices” will continue in the Astor Judaica Library for the fifth year with three Tuesday evenings beginning today in the Astor Judaica Library at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center (JCC), 4126 Executive Drive in La Jolla, with readings by three local poets: Rabbi Patti Haskell, Ysmael Escudero Tisnado II, and Joni Gurstein.

There is no charge for these programs. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP to the JCC Library at (858) 362-1150.

January 16 (Wednesday, 7:30 pm) — Warwick's will host founder and director of Kazen-Muse Creativity Coaching, Jill Badonsky who will discuss and sign The Muse Is In. 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: Founder and director of Kazen-Muse Creavitity Coaching, Jill Badonsky shows readers how to power up one's genius and troubleshoot problems along the way, with tips for proper care and maintenance. Warwick's | 7812 Girard Avenue | La Jolla, Ca | 92037 | Ph. (858) 454-0347

January 17 (Thursday, noon to 2:00 pm) — The Descanso Branch Library presents Customer Appreciation Open House with Director José Aponte. There will be a Bilingual Storytime with a lunch provided by the Friends of the Descanso Library, located at 9545 River Drive in Descanso.  (619) 445-5279 or go to for additional information.

January 19 (Saturday, 7:00 pm) — Foremost Somerset Maugham authority Robert Lorin Calder, Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Saskatchewan, will discuss his book Willie: The Life of W. Somerset Maugham at D.G.Wills Books, 7461 Girard Avenue, La Jolla.

Robert Lorin Calder is an award-winning author and an accomplished scholar of modern British Literature at the University of Saskatchewan. Born in Moose Jaw, he grew up in Saskatoon and completed his honours and master’s degrees in English at the University of Saskatchewan. After earning a PhD from the University of Leeds in England, he returned to the University of Saskatchewan to become a professor of English and a specialist in 20th-century British fiction and drama. 

Willie: The Life of W. Somerset Maugham earned the Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction. Professor Calder’s additional books include W. Somerset Maugham and the Quest for Freedom as well as the Introductions and Notes to the Penguin Editions of W. Somerset Maugham’s Of Human Bondage, The Moon and Sixpence, Mrs. Craddock, and The Magician.

Professor Calder is well known for his expertise in British and Canadian wartime literature, and is an authority on Somerset Maugham’s work with British Intelligence in Switzerland and Russia during World War I; and in the United States during World War II. His books A Richer Dust: Family, Memory and the Second World War and Beware the British Serpent: The Role of British Propaganda in the United States, 1939–1945 reflect on the social impacts of World War II. A Richer Dust won the John V. Hicks Manuscript Award for excellence in literary non-fiction and Beware the British Serpent won two Saskatchewan Book Awards. Calder also co-authored the popular book on the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Rider Pride: The Story of Canada’s Best-Loved Football Team. For additional information call or go to (858) 456-1800,

January 22 (Tuesday, 7:30 pm) — Warwick's will host internationally renowned intuitive counselor Colette Baron-Reid, who will discuss and sign Weight Loss for People Who Feel Too Much: A 4-Step, 8-Week Plan to Finally Lose the Weight, Manage Emotional Eating, and Find Your Fabulous Self. 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: Through her own personal experience and work with thousands of clients, Colette Baron-Reid understands the real reason many of us struggle to lose weight and keep it off. It isn't that we don't know what to eat or that we don't have enough willpower; it's that we are responding to feeling too much.

Weight Loss for People Who Feel Too Much focuses on the keys to weight loss for sensitive people: managing empathy, setting and maintaining healthy boundaries, eating to support well-being, and dealing with challenging situations that can trigger disordered eating. With a simple, practical program, Colette shows you how to release the extra pounds and create a new, healthy relationship with your body, your weight, and food.

Warwick's | 7812 Girard Avenue | La Jolla, Ca | 92037 | Ph. (858) 454-0347 |


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