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April 21 (Monday, 6:30 to 8 pm)— Violence on the Page: How Much is Too Much? New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer-nominated investigative journalist, Caitlan Rother, will discuss culture's obsession with violence and the ramifications of having so much of it in our news coverage, Hollywood movies and pleasure reading. Join Caitlin for the lively discussion at the San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common Auditorium.

Seating is limited, so please RSVP to Caitlin at

April 21(Monday, 7:00 pm) — Phil Klay will read and sign copies of Redeployment, his debut collection of short stories, at Barnes & Noble Oceanside. A Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection for March 2014, Redeployment is poised to become a classic in the tradition of war writing.

Klay’s Redeployment takes readers to the front lines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there and what happened to the soldiers who returned. Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in these stories struggle to make meaning out of chaos.

Klay is a graduate of Dartmouth College and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He served in Iraq’s Anbar Province from January 2007 to February 2008 as a Public Affairs Officer. After being discharged he went to Hunter College and received an MFA. His story “Redeployment” was originally published in Granta and is included in Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War. His writing has also appeared in the New York Times, Newsweek, The Daily Beast, the New York Daily News, Tin House, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012.

Barnes & Noble, Oceanside, 2615 Vista Way, Oceanside: Lisa Kovach - Community Relations Manager, at 760-529-0270 or for additional information.

April 21 (Monday, 7:30 pm) — Warwick's welcomes author Justin Go as he discusses and signs his novel The Steady Running of the Hour. This event is free and open to the public, however Reserved Seating is available. Only books purchased from Warwick's will be signed. Please call the Warwick's Book Department at (858) 454-0347 for details..

About the book: The Steady Running of the Hour is the story of Tristan Campbell, a young American who discovers he may be the heir to the estate of an English WWI officer and alpinist who perished in the 1924 British Everest Expedition, left unclaimed for nearly 80 years. This discovery launches him on a quest across Europe to uncover the story of the officer's love affair with a woman who may or may not be Tristan's great-grandmother.

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

April 21 (Monday, 6:30 pm) — Caitlin Rother and the San Diego public library invited you to hear her speak on her new book, Violence on the page: How much is too much? at the San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd. San Diego.

April 22 (Tuesday, 7:30 pm) — Warwick's welcomes local author Michelle Gable as she launches her new novel, A Paris Apartment. This event it free and open to the public, however Reserved Seating is available. Only books purchased at Warwick's will be signed. For more information, please contact the Warwick's Books Department at (858) 454-0347.

About the book: When Sotheby's antiques expert April Vogt's boss tells her about the wondrous discoveries in a cramped, decrepit ninth arrondissement apartment, she heads to Paris to uncover gold, a Belle Epoque masterpiece and the hidden life of a renowned courtesan. And, along the way, romance and her own apartment in Paris. April in Paris, get it?

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

April 22 (Tuesday, 7:00 pm) — Year in Ink Volume 7 Release Party. Readings from the latest anthology. A celebration of San Diego writers. Don’t miss out. Cygnet Theatre in Old Town. $5 suggested donation or bring a bottle of wine. It is sure to be an exciting evening by the Writers Ink.

April 23 (Wednesday, 7:30 pm) — Warwick's welcomes author Elin Hilderbrand as she discusses and signs her book, Beautiful Day. The event is free and open to the public, however Reserved Seating is available. Only books purchased at Warwick's will be signed. For more information please call Warwick's Books Department at (858) 454-0347.

About the book: The Carmichaels and the Grahams have gathered on Nantucket for the summer wedding that will unite their two families. The bride's late mother left behind The Notebook - specific instructions for every detail of her youngest daughter's future nuptials - but things fall apart, love is questioned, scandals arise, and hearts are broken and healed.

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

April 23 (Wednesday, 6:00 pm) — Meet local children’s authors Edith Fine and Cindy Jenson-Elliott. Fine is the author of the charming picture book, Water, Weed, and Wait, Sleepytime Me, Under the Lemon Moon, which was named a Smithsonian Magazine Notable Book and a Parent’s Choice Silver Honor Book, Armando and the Blue Tarp School, plus many more. Jenson Elliott is the author of her debut picture book, Weeds Find a Way!

Barnes & Noble, Oceanside, 2615 Vista Way, Oceanside: Lisa Kovach - Community Relations Manager, at 760-529-0270 or for additional information.

April 24 (Thursday, 6:00 pm) — Local author and past president of the SD Writers/Editors Guild, Ruth Leyse-Wallace, PhD. RD, will talk about her new book, Nutrition and Mental Health, at the Alpine Library, 2130 Aronld Way, Alpine. No charge but donation to the library are welcome.

April 24 (Thursday, 11 am) — Ants and aardvarks and rainbows, oh my! Join us for a special reading of the adorable picture book It's an Orange Aardvark! by Michael Hall. After the read aloud participate in fun activities, treats and more!

Barnes & Noble, Oceanside, 2615 Vista Way, Oceanside: Lisa Kovach - Community Relations Manager, at 760-529-0270 or for additional information.

April 24 (Thursday, 7:30 pm) — Warwick's welcomes author Hannah Kent, as she discusses and signs her new novel, Burial Rites. This event is free and open to the public, however Reserved Seating is available. In order to be signed, the books must be purchased from Warwick's.

About the book: In Iceland's stark landscape, Agnes, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution. Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only Toti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her. As Agnes's death looms, the farmer's wife and their daughters learn there is another side to the sensational story.

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

April 25 (Friday, 2:00 pm) — Warwick's welcomes Chelsea Handler, bestselling author and star of Chelsea Lately, as she signs her new book, Uganda Be Kidding Me. Tickets are $29.16 and include admittance for 2 adults as well as a copy of Uganda Be Kidding Me. Only books purchased from Warwick's will be signed. Tickets must be printed and brought to the event.

About the book: Wherever Chelsea Handler travels, one thing is certain: she always ends up in the land of the ridiculous. On safari in Africa, it's anyone's guess as to what's more dangerous: the wildlife or Chelsea. But whether she's fumbling the seduction of a guide by not knowing where tigers live (Asia, duh) or wearing a bathrobe into the bush because her clothes stopped fitting seven margaritas ago, she's always game for the next misadventure. Complete with answers to the most frequently asked traveler's questions, hot travel tips, and travel etiquette, none of which should be believed, Uganda Be Kidding Me is a trip.

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

April 25 (Friday, 7 pm) — Children ages 4 and up are invited to attend a special Pajamarama storytime celebrating the 45th Anniversary of Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar. This event will feature a special reading, plus a very fun color-in crown activity, treats and more. Don’t forget to wear your pajamas. Space is limited.

Barnes & Noble, Oceanside, 2615 Vista Way, Oceanside: Lisa Kovach - Community Relations Manager, at 760-529-0270 or for additional information.

April 25 (Friday, 6:30 pm) – Poetry & Art Series 2014 People’s Choice Poem Performance Award (Cash Prizes) with host Michael Klam and DJ Gill Sotu. This social, fun, lyrical and interactive arts and culture experience takes place in the Museum of the Living Artist, 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park and is open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for snacks and music, and the show starts at 7 p.m. Members are free, $5 at the door or bring wine or snacks to share and get in free. This event is co-sponsored by Poetry International.

The People’s Choice Poem Performance Award – All participants read/perform one poem under three minutes long. Audience members choose their favorite poem based on content and performance. Props, artwork, singing, music, dancing, all accompaniment is allowed and anything goes. Top poem performances (the poems that receive the most votes) win $50. Audience members will be encouraged to hoot for their favorites and try to influence the rest of the audience.

Writers/artists who would like to participate can get their names in the hat ahead of time at or sign in on the night of the show. For National Poetry Month all performers who sign up will get a chance at the microphone and at winning The People’s Choice Poem Performance Award.

DJ Gill Sotu will provide music throughout the event. Gill has opened for Grammy-nominated legend Sheila E, and partnered and performed with the San Diego Symphony. He has been commissioned to create numerous poetry pieces for the United Way of San Diego and performed for TEDx San Diego in December 2013. Gill has been featured on NBC 7's Art Pulse TV and was named the 2012 & 2013 San Diego Raw Performing Artist of the Year.

Poetry International is an annual literary journal published by SDSU with Ilya Kaminsky as editor-in-chief. There will be goodies and wine as always. Bring beverages or snacks/desserts/dishes to share and get in free. Please contact host, Michael Klam, with any questions: 619-957-3264 (cell) or 619-236-0011 (museum). Visit us online at

April 26 (Saturday) — Jessica Baris will be performing folk tales from cultures around the world at the San Diego St0rytelling Festival at the Encinitas Public Library.


May 3 (Saturday) — Celebrate and Support the last of the Indie Bookstores! California Bookstore Day is a statewide party on May 3, 2014 as big and varied as the state itself. It’s more than 90 stores in more than 80 zip codes putting their bells on and throwing out the welcome mat. Think Record Store Day, but for book nerds.

Each store will have its own party. The headline attraction are the just-for-us books you cannot get on any other day at any other place (click here to find the celebration closest to you). But there will also be readings, and prizes, and things to eat and drink. In some cases there will be famous authors and artists, and people writing live poetry. Your neighbors will be there, your friends will be there, your kids will be there. You should definitely be there too. Just what are we celebrating?

Independent bookstores are not just stores, they’re community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers. They are entire universes of ideas that contain the possibility of real serendipity. They are lively performance spaces and quiet places where aimless perusal is a day well spent. Indie bookstores, whether dusty and labyrinthine or clean and well-lighted, are not just stores, they are solutions. They hold the key to your love life, your career, and your passions. Walking the aisles of a good bookstore means stumbling upon a novel from India that expands your heart. It’s encountering an art book that changes the direction of your life. It’s the joy of having a perfect stranger steer you toward the perfect book. In a world of tweets and algorithms and pageless digital downloads, bookstores are not a dying anachronism. They are living, breathing organisms that continue to grow and expand. In fact, there are more of them this year than there were last year. And they are at your service.


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

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Classes & Events for Writers Ink:

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Seeking Authors to Sell Books at the Sicilian Festival in Little Italy Sunday, May 18, 2014.

Event draws average 80,000 attendees. Books should have some relevance to Italian/Sicilian/American culture or be of local interest (fishing industry, local history/ecology, cookbooks, fiction/non-fiction, etc. If they are set in San Diego—crime, noir, etc., they qualify. Event spans five blocks (Ash to Grape Sts.) in Little Italy. “Author’s Row” is located in the Cultural Pavilion on Date St., between India and Columbia. Booth, table and chairs included in $100 entry fee. Half-booth rental is $50 and includes table and chairs. The entry fee covers equipment rental (tent, table(s) chairs). Book sales are author’s sole responsibility.

For an application form: email Marcia Buompensiero at or call (619) 298-9073. Deadline to apply: May 1, 2014. For event details:

The Literary Vine is looking for 12-15 women writers with strong voices who want to publish their raw, original work. The first edition the Anthology of Short Stories will focus on the themes of Love, Loss and Adventure.

Submissions should be 2000-4000 words. Take risks. Say what you need to say.Cost: $12 (non-refundable) submission fee. Submission Dates are now until April 30.

For additional details, write to: or

The California Women’s Conference offers its attendees inspiration, resources, and connections to take the next step in business, personal development, health and wellness, or philanthropic endeavors. Featuring widely respected thought leaders, talented entertainers, and a marketplace of ideas, exhibits, networking and panel discussions, the conference is designed to benefit women from all walks of life.

Click here to learn more or to register

April 26 (Saturday, 10:00 -12:30 pm) — Publishers and Writers will meet at the Encinitas Community Center. The guest speaker is Amy Collins who will be discussing Advantages and Challenges of Working with a Distributor.

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April 27 (Sunday, 2:30 pm) — Our Local Treasure Judy Reeves brings us PLACE AS CHARACTER at the Writers Ink.

Place can have a role in fiction and nonfiction as memorable as any of the characters who populate the story. Think of Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha, Dillard’s Tinker Creek, Steinbeck’s California. Every human event happens somewhere and the reader wants to know what that somewhere is like. Place grounds the story, sets the scene and creates the background where story plays out. Place influences how characters speak, eat and make love; it shapes their beliefs, values and moral choices. History and memory are rooted in place and the map our of psyche is found in the geography or our past.

This workshop will explore the role of place in writing. We’ll look at how it influences the voice and perspective of the writer and discuss ways for the writer to render real or fictional place through description, detail, and imagery.

"Judy is amazing. She inspires me every time we meet."– Marni Freedman


April 28 (Monday, 6:30 pm) — At the monthly meeting of the San Diego Writer/Editors Guild, the speaker will be Richard Lederer will talk about the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare. Help celebrate the anniversary of Shakespeare with Richard in full costume.

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April 30 (Sunday) — Fourth Annual Ebook Awards Application deadline: Your ebook will benefit from this fabulous publicity system for just $79 per ebook, per category. Enter now. Go to:

Eligibility: ?Ebook released to the public anytime in 2012, 2013, or 2014. Winners Announcement: ?August 17.


May 4 (Sunday, 10:00 am) — Adventures by the Book is pleased to present the next SoCal Author Academy Workshop: Creating Author Events, instructed by Susan McBeth, founder and owner of Adventures by the Book and the SoCal Author Academy at Hera Hub, 8885 Rio San Diego Drive, #237, San Diego 92108. This workshop is ticketed and limited in seats ($109 per person; discounts available for groups and returning students).

About the Event: Have you dreamed of someday having your very own author event? Well, what are you waiting for? Now that your book has been published, it is time to turn your dream into reality by setting up your event(s). This is Part II of a two-part workshop and will include: step-by-step guide to setting up an actual author event; the why’s and how-to’s of press releases; participants will write their own sample press release; distribution lists; all published authors will have the opportunity to follow-through with an actual author event; post-event debriefing; and a 30 minute break for lunch.

About the SoCal Author Academy: As an author events coordinator, Susan McBeth is frequently asked advice by writers who are overwhelmed with the marketing and event planning process. The SoCal Author Academy will take authors methodically through the process of marketing a book in Anne Lamott fashion, Bird by Bird. Designed as a series of intimate workshops, taught by experts in each subject matter, the SoCal Author Academy offers a cohesive and interactive plan for authors to market their books.

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

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