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July 30, 2013 (San Diego) – WANT TO READ BOOK REVIEWS OF LOCAL AUTHORS? Go to:


July 30 (Tuesday, 7:00 pm) — San Diego resident and debut author Jason Hough already has fans on the MG staff – see David’s review of The Darwin Elevator here. Learn more about aliens, apocalypse, and The Dire Earth trilogy at our launch party! Author pal Kevin Hearne joins the celebration with Hunted, the new Iron Druid novel. Thousands-year-old sexy warrior druid Atticus O’Sullivan has drawn the ire of hunter goddesses Artemis and Diana and is on the lam with his trusted companions.

Mysterious Galaxy, 7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Suite 302, San Diego. For additional information, go to or call (858) 268-4747.

July 31 (Wednesday, 6:00 pm) — Adults are invited to attend a free discussion and signing by David Wambaugh, author of The Last Call, at Barnes & Noble, Oceanside, 2615 Vista Way, Oceanside, Local Carlsbad author David Wambaugh, son of bestselling author Joseph Wambaugh, will sign copies of his first book The Last Call at Barnes & Noble Oceanside. The Last Call is a powerful memoir about tragedy, loss, hope, miracles and the power of God.

The book details his personal story from the time he was adopted into the Wambaugh family as a six-month-old baby, his life growing up as the son of the famous cop-turned-bestselling author, and on through his years when alcohol took over his life. For over twenty years, David lived a life of debauchery and lawlessness, going from one harrowing situation to another without suffering many consequences until the day his luck ran out and he was sentenced to state prison. David will discuss and sign copies of his book.

For additional information, contact Lisa Kovach at or call (760) 529-0270.


August 1 (Thursday, 6:30 pm to midnight) — Stars at the Star present a Poetry and Live Music event every Thursday. No cover, but a 2-drink minimum (at 8 pm -- includes food). The poet this week is John Rubio and the musicians are Jaime Valle and Bob Magnusson.

The Star of the Sea Event Center is located at 1360 N. Harbor Blvd., San Diego, next to Anthony's. For additional information, call 619-232-7409 or visit or email

August 1 (Thursday, 7:30 pm) — Warwick's will host journalist Katie Hafner who will discuss and sign her memoir Mother Daughter Me. This event is free and open to the public. In order to be signed, Mother Daughter Me must be purchased from Warwick's.

Background: The complex, deeply binding relationship between mothers and daughters is brought vividly to life in Katie Hafner's remarkable memoir, an exploration of the year she and her mother, Helen, spent working through, and triumphing over, a lifetime of unresolved emotions.

Dreaming of a "year in Provence" with her mother, Katie urges Helen to move to San Francisco to live with her and Zoë, Katie's teenage daughter. Katie and Zoë had become a mother-daughter team, strong enough, Katie thought, to absorb the arrival of a seventy-seven-year-old woman set in her ways.

Filled with fairy-tale hope that she and her mother would become friends, and that Helen would grow close to her exceptional granddaughter, Katie embarked on an experiment in intergenerational living that she would soon discover was filled with land mines: memories of her parents' painful divorce, of her mother's drinking, of dislocating moves back and forth across the country, and of Katie's own widowhood and bumpy recovery. Helen, for her part, was also holding difficult issues at bay.

How these three women from such different generations learn to navigate their challenging, turbulent, and ultimately healing journey together makes for riveting reading. By turns heartbreaking and funny, and always insightful, Katie Hafner's brave and loving book answers questions about the universal truths of family that are central to the lives of so many.

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

August 2 (Friday, 7:00 pm) — J.M. Sidorova will sign The Age of Ice at the Mysterious Galaxy, 7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Suite 302, San Diego. For additional information, go to or call (858) 268-4747.

August 2 (Friday, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm) — eReader eClinic: Learn to Download eBooks at the Mira Mesa Library Meeting Room 8405 New Salem St, San Diego.

Learn how to download library eBooks to your eReader or computer. Quick tips & helpful hints to get the most out of your downloads. Bring your own eReader, tablet, or laptop for hands on learning. Contact: Mira Mesa Branch Library 858-538-8165

August 3 (Saturday, 2:00 pm) —Ilona Andews will sign her new book, Magic Rises: a Kate Daniels Novel at the Mysterious Galaxy, 7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Suite 302, San Diego. For additional information, go to or call (858) 268-4747.

August 3 (Saturday, 1:00 - 4:00 pm) — Come meet your favorite local authors at Barnes & Noble, 2615 Vista Way, Oceanside, as they sign and discuss their books. Participating authors include: Eddie Osterland, author of Power Entertaining; Thomas Morrow, author of Nebraska Doppleganger; Terry Ambrose, author of License to Lie, Photo Finish, and The Snitch; Masako Streling, author of I Thought the Sun Was God; Erik Hendrix, author of The Books, Sideshows, and The Evil Tree; Sarah Richmond, author of Dulcie Crower Gets Her Man and A Most Ineligible Suitor; and Maria Desiderata Montana, author of Food Lovers’ Guide to San Diego and San Diego Chef’s Table.

For additional information, contact Lisa Kovach at or call (760) 529-0270.

August 4 (Sunday) — Please join author, playwright, screenwriter, and director Rex Pickett for an exciting Sideways Wine Tasting Adventure. Your afternoon begins with a unique peek behind-the-scenes with a private backstage tour of the world-renowned La Jolla Playhouse, followed by a matinee performance of Sideways. Afterwards, join the author for a fun and unique Sideways wine tasting reception, book signing, Q&A, and author discussion.

Event includes backstage tour, play ticket, autographed book, wine tasting, appetizers, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet the man behind the Sideways phenomenon up close and personal.

La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla. Limited tickets available and going fast at:

August 4 (Sunday, 4:00 pm) — San Diego Rock Art Association Meeting at the Kumeyaay-Ipai Interpretive Center, 13104 Ipai Waaypuk Trail (formerly Silver Lake Drive), Poway. Steve Freers will share the adventures that he and his co-authors experienced while documenting and researching their recent book. Through rich photography and narrative, we will enjoy Steve’s own inimitable sense of humor as he describes the behind-the-scenes journey in creating the book. He even secreted a small video camera into his backpack so we could vicariously experience the awe of hiking within the magnificent canyon systems, negotiating rugged and steep trails, and walking along narrow and deep cliffs by moonlight. He hopes to impart not just the sense of adventurous research, but a closer understanding of the integration of such a powerful environment and its influence on the aboriginal artists who painted or carved the Grand Canyon’s ancient Art.

Freers has been involved in rock art research for the past 25 years and has worked closely with tribal societies. In 1994 he co-authored Fading Images, a book on Southern California rock art, and he served five years as the senior editor for the American Rock Art Research Association.

If you would like to bring your copy of either of his books for him to sign, he has generously offered to do so during the regular social hour before his presentation.

• 4:00 Potluck: Bring food of your choice to share

• 5:00 Meeting

• 6:00 Presentation

Suggested Donation for Guests is $5.00.

August 4 (Sunday, 2:00 to 4:00 pm) — The local father-sons writing team has done it again. Henry, Josh (13) and Harrison Herz (11) just published their second book, Twignibble. Twignibble is a 1000-word easy reader for kids in 2nd-4th grade that's Frog & Toad meets MacGyver. It will appeal to animal-loving kids and to parents who support conservation (and who want to encourage their kids to be empathetic and resourceful).

Twignibble the sloth learns that his animal friends are facing threats to their habitats, and races to help them. The mechanically inclined Twignibble, knowing he could never walk to his friends in time, builds a solar-powered helicopter, flies all over the world, and engineers devices he hopes will help each of his animal friends.

The wonderful independent bookstore Mysterious Galaxy Books will be hosting a book release party for Twignibble. They are located at 7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Suite #302, San Diego, CA 92111 ~ 858-268-4747. The Herz men will be there signing copies of Twignibble. Also in attendance will be James Morris, local teen author of Skybound and Water Tower.

August 6 (Tuesday, 7:30 pm) — Warwick's will host sportscaster Mel Proctor, who will discuss and sign his memoir I Love the Work, But I Hate the Business. This event is free and open to the public. In order to be signed I Love the Work, But I Hate the Business must be purchased from Warwick's.

Background: "I love the work, but hate the business." Maybe you have said those words about your own job. But if you are a sportscaster, that phrase has probably become your mantra.

Known best as the longtime play-by-play voice of the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Bullets, Proctor also called games for the Texas Rangers, San Diego Padres, and Washington Nationals in Major League Baseball and the New Jersey Nets and Los Angeles Clippers of the NBA. Proctor has also enjoyed a long career as a network broadcaster, calling the NFL and college basketball for NBC; college basketball for CBS; the NBA, college football, the boxing for Turner Sports, and baseball for Fox.

Relating never before heard anecdotes, Proctor introduces us to sports icons, including Muhammad Ali, Wilt Chamberlain, Cal Ripken, Jim Palmer, Earl Weaver, Bernard King, Frank Robinson, Wes Unseld, Elvin Hayes, Tony Gwynn, Ken Caminiti, Rick Pitino, Paul Hornung, and Junior Seau.

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

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