READERS CALENDAR FOR MAY 7-11

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May 7 (Tuesday, 5:30 pm) — Barnes & Noble Oceanside, 2615 Vista Way, Oceanside, presents Gretchen Wendel who will talk about her book, Becka and the Big Bubble series.

May 7 (Tuesday, 6:00 pm) — Barnes & Noble Oceanside, 2615 Vista Way, Oceanside, presents Kevin Gerard, who will talk about his book, Diego's Dragons.

May 7 (Tuesday, 7:30 pm) — Warwick's will host Dean of Arts and Humanities at UCSD Seth Lerer, who will discuss and sign his memoir Prospero's Son. 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: "This book is the record of a struggle between two temperaments, two consciousnesses and almost two epochs." That's how Edmund Gosse opened Father and Son, the classic 1907 book about his relationship with his father. Seth Lerer's Prospero's Son is, as fits our latter days, altogether more complicated, layered, and multivalent, but at its heart is that same problem: the fraught relationship between fathers and sons.

At the same time, Lerer's memoir is about the power of books and theater, the excitement of stories in a young man's life, and the transformative magic of words and performance. A flamboyantly performative father, a teacher and lifelong actor, comes to terms with his life as a gay man. A bookish boy becomes a professor of literature and an acclaimed expert on the very children's books that set him on his path in the first place. And when that boy grows up, he learns how hard it is to be a father and how much books can, and cannot, instruct him. Throughout these intertwined accounts of changing selves, Lerer returns again and again to stories-the ways they teach us about discovery, deliverance, forgetting, and remembering.

"A child is a man in small letter," wrote Bishop John Earle in the seventeenth century. "His father hath writ him as his own little story." With Prospero's Son, Seth Lerer acknowledges the author of his story while simultaneously reminding us that we all confront the blank page of life on our own, as authors of our lives.

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.

May 7 (Tuesday, 1:30-2:30 pm) — Shadab Hashmi and Najah Abdelkader Bilingual Poetry Reading (English/Arabic).

Shadab Zeest Hashmi is an acclaimed international poet who happens to live in San Diego. Her poems reach all, and her navigation of the world is generously encompassing. Shadab links cultures with contemporary and past legacies, stretching our consciousness to embrace the whole of humanity. Shadab Zeest Hashmi’s poems have appeared in Poetry International, Vallum, Nimrod, The Bitter Oleander, Journal of Postcolonial Writings, The Cortland Review, South Asian Review, RHINO, Hubbub, New Millennium Writings, The Citron Review, 3 Quarks Daily, San Diego Free Press, and are forthcoming in The Adirondack Review, Sugar Mule and other places. Her essays on eastern poetic forms such as the Ghazal and Qasida have been published in the Journal of Contemporary World Literature, and her essays have appeared in the Washington Post, Pakistaniaat: A Journal of Pakistan Studies and Knot magazine. She represents Pakistan on Universe: A United Nations of Poetry. Shadab Zeest Hashmi’s first book Baker of Tarifa won the 2011 San Diego Book Award for poetry. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize multiple times and has taught as a visiting professor at San Diego State University. Hashmi has served as the editor of San Diego’sMagee Park Poets Anthology since 2000 and is the English Section editor of MahMag World Literature. Najah Abdelkader, teaches Philosophy and World Religions at Southwestern College and San Diego State University.

Najah writes poetry mainly in English and at times in her native tongue Arabic. Her academic training in classical Greek philosophy and Sufism both inspire and infuse her poetry. Najah has read and participated in various poetry events, and her poems have been published.

Room L238 N/S at Southwestern College 900 Otay Lakes Rd. Chula Vista, CA, 91910, 619-421-6700.

May 7 (Tuesday, 4:00 to 8:00 pm) — Barnes & Noble Oceanside Celebrates 10 Years of Business, serving their community. Adults and children are invited to join them in celebration of 10 years of business in Oceanside.

In celebration Barnes & Noble Oceanside will host a fun-filled evening featuring live music, face painting, children's crafts and activities, cupcake decorating, free prize giveaways, and a proclamation from the City of Oceanside Mayor.

May 8 (Wednesday, 6:00 to 7:30 pm) — Fallbrook’s Writers Read presents Conney D. Williams, reading from his new collection, Blues Red Soul Falsetto. 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/.

May 9 (Thursday, 7:30 pm) — Warwick's will host the bestselling author of Moloka'i, Alan Brennert who will be discussing and signing his newest novel, Palisades Park. This event is free and open to the public, however Reserved Seating is available. Please contact the Warwick's Book Dept. at (858) 454-0347 for details. In order to be signed, the author's most current book must be purchased from Warwick's.

Background: Growing up in the 1930s, there is no more magical place than Palisades Amusement Park in New Jersey — especially for seven-year-old Antoinette, who horrifies her mother by insisting on the unladylike nickname Toni, and her brother, Jack. Toni helps her parents, Eddie and Adele Stopka, at the stand where they sell homemade French fries amid the roar of the Cyclone roller coaster. There is also the lure of the world's biggest salt-water pool, complete with divers whose astonishing stunts inspire Toni, despite her mother's insistence that girls can't be high divers.

But a family of dreamers doesn't always share the same dreams, and then the world intrudes: There's the Great Depression, and Pearl Harbor, which hits home in ways that will split the family apart; and perils like fire and race riots in the park. Both Eddie and Jack face the dangers of war, while Adele has ambitions of her own – and Toni is determined to take on a very different kind of danger in impossible feats as a high diver.

Evocative and moving, with the trademark brilliance at transforming historical events into irresistible fiction that made Alan Brennert's Moloka'i and Honolulu into reading group favorites, Palisades Park takes us back to a time when life seemed simpler – except, of course, it wasn't.

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.

May 10 (Friday, noon) — Adventures by the Book presents Jill McCorkie who will talk about her book Life After Work. For more information regarding the event, please contact Susan McBeth at (619) 300-2532 or at susan@adventuresbythebook.com.

May 11 (Saturday, 1:00 pm) — Jack L. Parker, a California-based author of the travel-adventure books, Belizean Adventure, Tibetan Adventure, Patagonian Adventure, and Bhutanese Adventure will sign copies of his books at Barnes & Noble, Oceanside, 2615 Vista Way, Oceanside.

Contact Lisa Kovach - Community Relations Manager, at 760-529-0270 or mailto:crm2153@bn.com for additional information.

May 11 (Saturday, 10:00 am) — Mysterious Galaxy, 7051 Claremont Mesa Blvd., Suite 302, San Diego, presents Avery Adams and his book, To Brie or Not To Brie and Rochelle Staab and her book, Hers on the Ex.

May 11 (Saturday, 11:00 am) — Mysterious Galaxy, 7051 Claremont Mesa Blvd., Suite 302, San Diego, presents Gini Koch and her book, Alien in the House;  Marshella Rockwell and her book, Bridges of Longing and Other Strange Passageways; Jeffrey J. Mariotte and his book, Season of the Wolf.

May 11 (Saturday, noon) — Mysterious Galaxy, 7051 Claremont Mesa Blvd., Suite 302, San Diego, presents Steph Chi and her book, Follow Her Home; Jenny Milchman and her book, Cover of Snow; Jim Pasco and Tom Fassbender and their book, By the Balls: The Complete Collection.

May 11 (Saturday, 1:00 pm) — Mysterious Galaxy, 7051 Claremont Mesa Blvd., Suite 302, San Diego, presents Jim Morkie and his book, Life After Life; Helen Wecker and her book, The Golem and the Jinni.

May 11 (Saturday, 2:00 am) — Mysterious Galaxy, 7051 Claremont Mesa Blvd., Suite 302, San Diego, presents John Scalzi and his book, The Human Division.

May 11 (Saturday, 3:00 pm) — Mysterious Galaxy, 7051 Claremont Mesa Blvd., Suite 302, San Diego, presents David Brin and his book, Existence; Alan Russel and his book, The Burning Man; Vernor Vinge and his book, The Children of the Sky; Janice Steinerg and her book, The Tin Horse; Melissa Marr, Kelley Armstrong and Veronica Roth and their book, Shards and Ashes; Marelizabeth Hart and her book, San Diego Noir; and Ann and Todd J. McCaffrey and their book, Sky Dragons: Dragonriders of Pern.

May 11 (Saturday, All Day) — And mark your calendars! It's their 20th Birthday Bash at the Mysterious Galaxy, 7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Suite #302 San Diego.

Sam Warren is the publisher and editor of www.SDWriteWay.org. Visit the site for additional news and calendar events for both Readers and Writers.

 


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