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March 23, 2014 (San Diego) - Below are highlights of events for readers and writers countywide for the last half of March. For complete Calendar including Authors' Events, go to



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March 27 (Thursday, 7:00 pm) — At USD's Shiley Theatre, 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, 92110, Warwick's and The University of San Diego's College of Arts and Sciences will present former Rome bureau chief of the Catholic News Service, John Thavis, who will be discussing and signing his book The Vatican Diaries: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Power, Personalities and Politics at the Heart of the Catholic Church. Tickets to this event are $20 each and include admission to the event, as well as a complimentary copy of The Vatican Diaries.

Background: This revealing New York Times bestseller examines the reign of Pope Benedict, the papal conclave process, and the history of one of the world's oldest and most mysterious institutions.

For more than twenty-five years John Thavis held one of the most fascinating journalistic jobs in the world: reporting on the inner workings of the Vatican. His daily exposure to the power, politics, and personalities in the seat of Roman Catholicism gave him a unique, behind-the-scenes perspective on an institution that is far less monolithic and unified than it first appears. Thavis reveals Vatican City as a place where Curia cardinals fight private wars, scandals threaten to undermine papal authority, and reverence for the past is continually upended by the practical considerations of modern life.

Thavis takes readers from a bell tower high above St. Peter's to the depths of the basilica and the saint's burial place, from the politicking surrounding the election of a new pope and the ever-growing sexual abuse scandals around the world to controversies about the Vatican's stand on contraception, and more.

Perceptive, sharply written, and witty, The Vatican Diaries will appeal not only to Catholics, but to any readers interested in international diplomacy and the role of religion in an increasingly secularized world.

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

Saturday, March 29 (Saturday, 7:00 pm) — Lt.Commander William H. “Sweetwater” LaBarge, USN (Ret.), will read from and discuss his new book Lightning Strikes Twice at D.G.Wills Books, 7461 Girard Avenue , La Jolla , 858-456-1800,

Lightning Strikes Twice is an action-packed political thriller that includes the Bushehr Nuclear Plant in Iran , the CIA , Navy SEALs, an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, the world’s longest Sniper kill shot, an SSGN Nuclear Submarine, and the F-35C, the newest Stealth Fighter which has the most advanced Integrated Sensor Fusing Technology and Multispectral Electro-Optical Targeting capability in the world.

Lt. Commander William H. “Sweetwater” LaBarge is not only a real TopGun, his Naval Aviation Novels have made him a New York Times Best-Selling author. LaBarge spent decades as a Navy Carrier Pilot & Special Operations Operative with the Special Operations Group, an elite group of forces conducting high-priority, secret missions. He also served as technical advisor on the movie sets of Top Gun, starring Tom Cruise, Firefox, starring Clint Eastwood, Final Countdown, and the TV Series JAG.

March 30 (Sunday, 6:00 pm) — Adventures by the Book , is pleased to present a We’ll Always Have Paris Dinner Adventure featuring USA Today bestselling San Diego author Jennifer Coburn, who will discuss and sign her book, We’ll Always Have Paris at St. Tropez French Bistro, 8935 Towne Center Drive, #110, San Diego 92122. This is a ticketed event ($35), and is open to the public.

About the Event: Join us for a fun We’ll Always Have Paris Dinner Adventure with San Diego author Jennifer Coburn. Your Adventure includes dinner, beverage, tax, gratuity, book discussion, Q&A, author signing, and an opportunity to meet Jennifer Coburn up close and personal in an intimate and authentic setting.

About the Book and Author: Jennifer Coburn is a USA Today bestselling author of six novels and contributor to four literary anthologies and has received numerous awards for articles appearing in regional and national publications. We’ll Always Have Paris is Jennifer’s humorous, touching, and charming first memoir. After she lost her father to cancer when she was only 19, she found herself constantly looking in the rearview mirror for the Grim Reaper. When she became a mom, she vowed to jam-pack her daughter Katie’s mental scrapbook with beautiful memories, starting in Paris. Join the adventure as Jennifer shares the details of their summer travels through Europe. Prepare to laugh, cry, and be utterly entertained by this talented, okay somewhat neurotic, and ultimately lovable mother.

For more information regarding the event, please contact Susan McBeth at (619) 300-2532 or at

March 30 (Sunday, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm) — Good Earth / Great Chefs Series presents David Tanis at The Chino Farm for a book signing of his newly released cookbook One Good Dish: The Pleasures of a Simple Meal.

Please join us for a unique afternoon at the Chino Farm and meet the chef/author, David Tanis. We will be serving small bites inspired by the recipes in the cookbook and specialty drinks. This event is "pleine air" on the farm, free and will be held rain or shine. Books can be purchased that day for $25.00 or pre-purchased on our website

Six months a year, David Tanis held the prestigious post of head chef at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California where he worked for 25 years since the 1980's. He spent the other half of the year in Paris, where he hosted a private dining club, preparing meals in his seventeenth-century apartment. Mr. Tanis presently lives in New York City and writes for New York Times, his weekly column "City Kitchen". He is the author of two other cookbooks A Platter of Figs and Heart of the Artichoke and was nominated for a James Beard Award.

The vegetable stand will be open for shopping with fresh picked produce from the farm that morning.

At the Chino Farm, 6123 Calzada del Bosque, Rancho Santa Fe, CA, Contact Adele Irwin (619) 889-2271.

March 31 (Monday, 7:30 pm) — Warwick's will present Murder Mystery Monday, featuring bestselling mystery authors Cara Black and Rhys Bowen as they discuss and sign their new books Murder in Pigalle (Black) and City of Darkness and Light (Bowen). This event is free and open to the public. In order to be signed, the books must be purchased from Warwick's.

About Murder in Pigalle: June, 1998: Paris's sticky summer heat is even more oppressive than usual as rowdy French football fans riot in anticipation of the World Cup. Private Investigator Aimée Leduc has been trying to slow down her hectic lifestyle-she's five months' pregnant and has the baby's wellbeing to think about now. But then disaster strikes close to home. A serial rapist has been terrorizing Paris's Pigalle neighborhood, following teenage girls home and attacking them in their own houses. It is sad and frightening but has nothing to do with Aimée-until Zazie, the 13-year-old daughter of the proprietor of Aimée's favorite café, disappears. The police aren't mobilizing quickly enough, and when Zazie's desperate parents approach Aimée for help, she knows she couldn't say no even if she wanted to.

About City of Darkness and Light: Molly and Daniel Sullivan are settling happily into the new routines of parenthood, but their domestic bliss is shattered the night a gang retaliates against Daniel for making a big arrest. Daniel wants his family safely out of New York City as soon as possible. In shock and grieving, but knowing she needs to protect their infant son Liam, Molly agrees to take him on the long journey to Paris to stay with her friends Sid and Gus, who are studying art in the City of Light.

But upon arriving in Paris, nothing goes as planned. Sid and Gus seem to have vanished into thin air, and Molly's search to figure out what happened to them will lead her through all levels of Parisian society, from extravagant salons to the dingy cafes where starving artists linger over coffee and loud philosophical debates. And when in the course of her search she stumbles across a dead body, Molly, on her own in a foreign country, starts to wonder if she and Liam might be in even more danger in Paris than they had been at home.

As Impressionism gives way to Fauvism and Cubism, and the Dreyfus affair rocks France, Molly races through Paris to outsmart a killer in City of Darkness and Light, Rhys Bowen's most spectacular Molly Murphy novel yet.

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


Workshops, Classes, Seminars, Book Festivals,  Contests and Authors Exhibits

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Classes & Events for Writers Ink:

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March 24 (Monday, 6:30 pm) — At the monthly meeting of the San Diego Writer/Editors Guild, the speaker will be Carolyn Wheat, Guild speaker for March, has a dozen books listed on Amazon including "How to Write Killer Fiction: The Funhouse of Mystery & the Roller Coaster of Suspense." Before moving to San Diego she was a lawyer and writer in New York. She teaches fiction techniques at UCSD extension and is on the staff of A Gentle Way Yoga in La Mesa.

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March 24 (Tuesday, 6:00 - 9:00 pm) — Learn the ins and outs of Textbook Proposal Writing with a successful textbook author of two books! This course presented by the Writers Ink will focus on the proposal writing: the impetus, organization, pedagogy/andragogy, and competition analysis.

In this course, you will:

• Learn how to craft a textbook proposal,

• Discuss marketing your textbook proposal, and

• Be given a heads up on what to look for in your textbook writing contract!

Emily Lynch Morissette, Esq. is an attorney, author, and professor whose books include Personal Injury and the Law of Torts for Paralegals, as well as Business Law and Organizations for Paralegals. Emily teaches at the University of San Diego and Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District. She has twenty-two years of experience in the legal industry and is managing partner of her own law firm. Click Here to Sign Up.

March 29 (Saturday, 10:00 -12:30 pm) — Publishers and Writers will meet at the Encinitas Community Center. The guest speaker is Brian Jud who will discussing Book Marketing Products and Services.

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March 29 (Saturday, 8:45 am to 4:00 pm)

March 29 (Saturday, registration begins at 8:00 am) — Presented by the Orange County chapter of Sisters in Crime, “Ladies of Intrigue” is a full day of crime-writing panelists and speakers. Carolyn Hart and Rhys Bowen headline the event. Hart, one of the most prestigious Grand Masters of the 2014 Edgar Awards, is the author of 49 mysteries and her books have won multiple Agatha, Anthony and Macavity Awards. Her crime novels include her Death on Demand series, the Bailey Ruth Raeburn series, and the Henry O. series. Bowen has been nominated for every major award in mystery writing, winning seven. Her series include the Molly Murphy and Her Royal Spyness mysteries.

Topics include: Tough Cookies: Strong Female Protagonists; Down a Dark Alley: How Setting Shapes Story, and Passport Required: Mystery Goes International. Other authors are Cara Black , Lisa Brackmann, Jan Burke, Carol Higgins Clark, Kim Fay, Naomi Hirahara, Tammy Kaehler, Sheila Lowe, Jeanne Matthews, Jeri Westerson, Patricia Wynn, and Patricia Smiley.

Two local mystery writers, San Clemente author Terri Nolan and Dana Point’s Jill Amadio are among fourteen remarkable women mystery writers featured at the “Ladies of Intrigue” literary event. Nolan is the author of “Burden of Truth,” and “Glass Houses.” Amadio is the author of “Digging Too Deep: A Tosca Trevant Mystery.”

Location: Hotel Huntington Beach. The program is from 8:45 am to 4:00 pm and includes lunch. For more information and registration:

March 29 (Saturday, 10 am to 12:00 pm) — Publishers and Writers of San Diego (PWSD) will hold its monthly meeting at the Carlsbad Dove Library. The topic for the meeting is “Book Marketing Products and Services” The presenter is Brian Jud, author, publisher, and president of Book Marketing Works, LLC.

Anyone interested or involved in writing, editing, publishing, designing, or anything related to books is welcome to attend. Members cost $10, non-members $15. Visit for more information and to register for the meeting.

April 7 to May 4 — Online UCSD course, Marketing for Copyeditors: How to Get the Word Out.

You've perfected your editing skills, taken out your business license, and printed business cards. Now what? You've got to get the word out! Learn how to identify your area of expertise, determine niche markets, and investigate ways to market your services through online and offline strategies. Develop your marketing message and create promotional materials and presentations that relay your message.

At the end of the course, you will have a 3-month marketing plan and schedule to get you into action. Build in support, accountability, follow up, and monitoring to help stay on track. As you work through assignments, you will see results and soon be a marketing pro! Sign up now at as class size is limited. Four week class is $195. Instructor Andrea Susan Glass of WritersWay and The Ebook Academy has written or edited more than 100 books or ebooks and is an award-winning author.

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Sam Warren is the publisher and editor of Visit the site for additional news and calendar events for both Readers and Writers. Sam now lives in Tijuana, Mexico, and is available for tours.