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April 26 (Sunday, 3:00 pm)Book Signing of WAKING THE BEAST with Author Dustin Hall.

In the midst of W.W.II a small town in Southern California would experience something horrible, which would later grow into a morbid legend. Tragically, a series of disappearances would end just as abruptly as they began. Left in the aftermath, seventeen people vanished without a trace. The disappearances stumped authorities and the community was left furious. With no one ever able to figure out exactly what happened during that short period of three weeks, the towns morale was devastated.

Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 835 W. Harbor Drive, Suite C, San Diego; (619) 232-4855;

April 26 (Sunday, 12:00 pm)Warwicks is hosting Kat Cowley author of Week To Strong.

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

April 26 (Sunday, 4:00 to 6:00 pm)*Open reading in Steve's memory. Bring Steve-poems to read/share.

San Diego Writers Ink, NTC Liberty Station, 2730 Historic Decatur Rd., Barracks 16, Suite 202, San Diego.

April 26-30 (Sunday - Thursday) The Grossmont College Literary Arts Festival includes guest readers/writers Roxanne Gay, Brian Turner, and Marianne Johnson in an alumni book launch reading. Free and open to the public.

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April 28 (Tuesday, 7:00 pm)Meb Keflezighi in conversation with Luis Cruz, Winner of the 2014 Boston Marathon, will be presenting and signing Meb for Mortals at The Sherwood Auditorium, Museum of Contemporary Arts San Diego, La Jolla.

With his historic win at the 2014 Boston Marathon, Meb Keflezighi cemented his legacy as one of the great champions of long-distance running. Runners everywhere wanted to know: How did someone two weeks shy of his 39th birthday - who had only the 15th best time going into the race and years of injuries and setbacks - run his personal best, and become the first American man to win Boston since 1983? For the first time, and in unprecedented detail, Meb reveals his complete training program in his new book, Meb for Mortals: How to Run, Eat and Think like a Champion Marathoner (co-written with Runner’s World senior content editor Scott Douglas I April 7, 2015) in which he instructs everyday runners how to put into practice the training, nutritional, and mental principles that have guided Meb through his long career.

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

April 29 (Wednesday, 7:30 pm)Warwick's is proud to host Andrew Roe who will present his debut novel, The Miracle Girl. Andrew Roe's fiction has been published in Tin House, One Story, The Sun, Glimmer Train, Slice, The Cincinnati Review, and other publications. His nonfiction has been published in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle,, and elsewhere. He lives in Oceanside, California, with his wife and three children. This event is free and open to the public. Reserved Seating is available. Only books purchased from Warwick's will be signed. Please call the Warwick's Book Dept. (858) 454-0347 for details.

The Miracle Girl is set in suburban Los Angeles, where eight-year old Anabelle lies in her bedroom. Day in and day out, she lies there, eyes open, but otherwise immobile in a coma-like state, as a result of a car accident. She is cared for by her mother, since her father has left them, unable to deal with the guilt from having caused the accident. After a family friend experiences a miracle when visiting with Anabelle, word spreads and people start coming from all over, lining up down the block in the hot sun, camping out, vendors selling bottles of water, the media knocking on the door.

Told in many voices, including Annabelle’s herself, The Miracle Girl keeps you turning pages until the very end to find out what happens, and if indeed it is anything miraculous. Andy works in the tech industry, and what I love most about this novel is how earnestly it tackles the questions of what to believe in, or how to believe in anything, when we’re barraged with as much information as we are.

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

April 29 (Wednesday, 4:30 pm)UCSD's New Writing Series is excited to announce an upcoming reading from David Brin. The reading will take place in the Literature Building, de Certeau room (155).

It is FREE and open to the public.

David Brin is a scientist, tech speaker/consultant, and author. His new novel about our survival in the near future is Existence. A film by Kevin Costner was based on The Postman. His 16 novels, including NY Times Bestsellers and Hugo Award winners, have been translated into more than twenty languages. Earth, foreshadowed global warming, cyberwarfare and the world wide web. David appears frequently on shows such as Nova and The Universe and Life After People, speaking about science and future trends. His non-fiction book -- The Transparent Society: Will Technology Make Us Choose Between Freedom and Privacy? -- won the Freedom of Speech Award of the American Library Association.

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April 30 (Thursday, 7:30 pm) — Warwick's is proud to host Eric Blehm, the New York Times bestselling author of Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown (2012) on who will present his new book Legend, an eye-opening account of a Special Forces operation during the Vietnam War. Eric's mountain literature classic, The Last Season (2006) was named by Outside magazine one of the ten “greatest adventure biographies ever written” in 2009. In 1999, Blehm became the first journalist to accompany and keep pace with an elite Army Ranger unit on a training mission. Reserved Seating is available. Only books purchased from Warwick's will be signed. Please call the Warwick's Book Dept. (858) 454-0347 for details.

In Legend, acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Eric Blehm takes as his canvas the Vietnam War, as seen through a single mission that occurred on May 2, 1968. A twelve-man Special Forces team had been covertly inserted into a small clearing in the jungles of neutral Cambodia – where U.S. forces were forbidden to operate. Their objective, just miles over the Vietnam border, was to collect evidence that proved the North Vietnamese Army was using the Cambodian sanctuary as a major conduit for supplying troops and materiel to the south via the Ho Chi Minh Trail. What the team didn’t know was that they had infiltrated a section of jungle that concealed a major enemy base. Soon they found themselves surrounded by hundreds of NVA, under attack, low on ammunition, stacking the bodies of the dead as cover in a desperate attempt to survive the onslaught.

When Special Forces Staff Sergeant Roy Benavidez heard the distress call, he without hesitation jumped aboard the next helicopter bound for the combat zone. Orphaned at the age of seven, Benavidez had picked cotton alongside his family as a child and dropped out of school as a teen before joining the Army. Although he was grievously wounded during his first tour of duty in Vietnam and told he would never walk again, Benavidez fought his way back—ultimately earning his green beret.

What followed would become legend in the Special Operations community. Flown into the foray of battle by the courageous pilots and crew of the 240th Assault Helicopter Company, Benavidez jumped from the hovering aircraft, and ran nearly 100 yards through withering enemy fire. Despite being immediately and severely wounded, Benavidez reached the perimeter of the decimated team, provided medical care, and proceeded to organize an extraordinary defense and rescue. During the hours-long battle, he was bayoneted, shot, and hit by grenade shrapnel more than thirty times, yet he refused to abandon his efforts until every survivor was out of harm’s way.

Written with extensive access to family members, surviving members of the 240th Assault Helicopter Company, on-the-ground eyewitness accounts never before published, as well as recently discovered archival and declassified military records, Legend is a riveting narrative both of Roy Benavidez’s life and career, and of the inspiring, almost unbelievable events that defined the brotherhood of the air and ground warriors in an unpopular war halfway around the world. The book recounts the courage and commitment of those who fought in Vietnam in service of their country, and the story of one of the many unsung heroes of the war, whose actions would be scrutinized for more than a decade in a battle for a long overdue, and what many believed was an unjustly denied, Medal of Honor. Thirteen years later, the case was reopened when a long lost—and believed dead—eyewitness, a Green Beret Benavidez had rescued that day, offered a detailed statement revealing once and for all the depths of Benavidez’s heroics.

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

May 1 (Friday, 7:00-8:30 pm) The Power of a Dream: San Diego author, Raymond M. Wong, will be at Miramar College to reveal why he felt like an alien and outsider for most of his life. He will convey what drove him to write his memoir, I'm Not Chinese: The Journey from Resentment to Reverence, and he will share how long it took him to publish his book. If you have an unrealized dream, this presentation will help clarify your picture and create a path to your goal. Proceeds from the sale of his memoir will benefit the Filipino Student Organization at Miramar College.

Miramar College, 10440 Black Mountain Road, Room I101A, San Diego, CA 92126 (619) 388-7564. E-mail   Site:

May 2 (Saturday, 11:00 am-12 noon) A Transformation: Raymond M. Wong immigrated to the U.S. at the age of five and disowned his language and culture. At the same time, he pushed away his family. He was an outsider in every sense of the word. At the age of thirty-three, he returned to Hong Kong for the first time and encountered a father and family he didn’t know. He came face to face with the people and culture he had spent his life running from. His memoir, I'm Not Chinese: The Journey from Resentment to Reverence, is about a trip that transformed his life.

Coronado Library, 640 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118. (619) 522-7390.  E-mail:   Site:

May 2 (Saturday, 7 pm)Internationally renowned poet Jerome Rothenberg will read from his new book Barbaric Vast & Wild: An Assemblage of Outside & Subterranean Poetry from Origins to Present at D.G.Wills Books, 7461 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, 858-456-1800,

Barbaric Vast & Wild is a continuation and a possible culmination of the project that began with Jerome Rothenberg's Technicians of the Sacred in 1968 and led to the first four volumes of Poems for the Millennium in the 1990s and 2000s. In this new and equally groundbreaking volume, Rothenberg and John Bloomberg-Rissman have assembled a wide-ranging gathering of poems and related language works, whose outside/outsider and subterranean/subversive positions challenge some of the boundaries to where poetry has been or may be practiced, as well as the form and substance of the poetry itself.

Barbaric Vast & Wild brings together on a global and historical scale - from the paleolithic caves to the immediate present - works from the hieratic and sacred to the mundane and the radically transgressive and politically subversive. The range here is enormous: Egyptian pyramid texts, biblical prophecies, pre-Socratic poet-philosophers, Buddhist wanderers and "divine madmen," along with poems and related language works from dialects and "nation languages," thieves' cants and other argots or vernaculars, working class and lumpen poetries, popular and newspaper poetry, sermons and rants, glossolalia and glossographia, slogans, graffiti, and the "art of the insane" (Art Brut) that marked the early turning of avant-garde artists and poets to the idea of an "outside" poetry and art.

Jerome Rothenberg, UCSD Professor Emeritus, has served as Chair of the Visual Arts Department and as director of the Literature Department's creative writing program. An internationally renowned poet, performance artist, critic and scholar, his work reverberates well beyond conventional and somewhat arbitrary categories. His books, booklets and pamphlets of poetry have been translated into French, Spanish, Dutch, Finnish, Flemish, German, Polish, Swedish and Portuguese. In addition, he has assembled, edited, and annotated many enormously germinal anthologies of experimental and traditional poetry and performance, beginning with Technicians of the Sacred in 1968, and has been a leading voice in the approach to creative work and mind that he named "ethnopoetics." He has also acted as editor and co-editor of several notably influential magazines including Some/Thing, Alcheringa, and New Wilderness Letter, and has appeared as a performance poet and artist at many of the most distinguished venues in North and South America and Europe. Rothenberg's poetic work, Poland/1931, has been staged by the Living Theater in New York, and several of his soundplays have been produced by Westdeutscher Rundfunk in Germany.

May 2 (Saturday, 7:00 am)What is Bookstore Day? California Bookstore Day is a project of the Northern and Southern California Independent Booksellers Associations, representing hundreds of bookstores across California and the nation. This is an in-store celebration – join us in either location to take part! We believe indie bookstores are an essential part of lively communities, the free-flow of ideas, and the thrill of discovery. CBD will harness the creative power of authors and publishers in a giant celebration of the written word that will drive readers to brick-and-mortar bookstores. For one day, and one day only, a number of very limited-edition, unique, word-based items and books will be available in more than 100 independent stores across the state. These aren’t your run-of-the-mill signed first editions—these are literature-based art projects, unique books, and collector’s items created for this event only. To learn more about other celebrations, visit California Bookstore Day's web page.

Mysterious Galaxy, 5943 Balboa Ave, Suite 100, San Diego. For additional information, go to or call (858) 268-4747.

May 3 Sunday, 12:00 noon)Weekends with Locals: Barbara Summers & Carey Blakely who will talk about their book, Next!: A Matchmaker's Guide to Finding Mr. Right, Ditching Mr. Wrong, and Everything in Between.

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

May 5 (Tuesday, 6:45 to 8:30 pm)Open Shakespeare Readings Presented by The San Diego Shakespeare Society on the first Tuesday of the Month.

Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 835 W. Harbor Drive, Suite C, San Diego; (619) 232-4855;

May 5 (Tuesday, 7:00 pm)May Authors at the Astor – Even in Darkness: a novel by Barbara Stark-Nemon.

Author Barbara Stark-Nemon will speak about her new book in the Astor Judaica Library at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center (JCC) 4126 Executive Drive in La Jolla.

Spanning a century and three continents, this book tells the story of the dutiful daughter of a prosperous German-Jewish family who hardly anticipates the often-harrowing life she faces as an adult – a sage of family, a lover, two world wars, a concentration camp and the unconventional life she builds in post-war Germany. As the world changes around her, she makes boundary-crossing choices in order to protect the people she loves –and to save herself. Book purchase and signing follow the program.

Price: $10.00; JCC Member Price - $8.00.

Attendees are encouraged to RSVP. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Susan Hagler at (858) 362-1150 or or go to

May 6 (Wednesday, 4:30 pm) Mary Robinette Kowal signs Of Noble Family and Marie Brennan signs Voyage of the Basilisk.

Jane and Vincent have finally gotten some much-needed rest after their adventures in Italy when Vincent receives word that his estranged father has passed away on one of his properties in the West Indies. His brother, who manages the estate, is overwhelmed, and no one else in his family can go. Grudgingly, out of filial duty the couple decides to go. The sea voyage is long and Jane spends enough time unable to perform glamour that towards the end of the trip she discovers that she is with child. They are overjoyed, but when they finally arrive at the estate to complete what they expect to be routine legal tasks, they realize that nearly everything they came expecting to find had been a lie. Also, the entire estate is in disarray, with horrifying conditions and tensions with the local slave population so high that they are close to revolt. Jane and Vincent's sense of peril is screaming out for them to flee, but Vincent cannot stand to leave an estate connected with his family in such a condition. They have survived many grand and terrifying adventures in their time, but this one will test their skills and wits more than any they have ever encountered before, this time with a new life hanging in the balance.

Mysterious Galaxy, 5943 Balboa Ave, Suite 100, San Diego. For additional information, go to or call (858) 268-4747.

May 9 (Saturday, 2:00-4:00 pm) Embracing Family: For much of his life, Raymond M. Wong pretended he wasn't Chinese. He didn't speak his native language, Cantonese. He didn't date Asian women, and he pushed away his mom because she mirrored a culture he wanted no part of. In 1996, he went back to Hong Kong for the first time since the age of five. He met a father and family he didn't know, and in the process, he found healing and forgiveness. His memoir, I'm Not Chinese: The Journey from Resentment to Reverence is about learning to embrace one’s past.

San Diego Chinese Historical Museum, 404 3rd Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101. (619) 338-9888. E-mail:  Site:

May 9 (Saturday, 1:00 pm)Mysterious Galaxy 22nd Birthday Bash Celebration. On Saturday, May 8, 1993, a new store opened in Clairemont Square, dedicated to the staff’s passion for books of “Martians, Murder, Magic and Mayhem.” Today, more than twenty years later, that passion continues. We invite you to join us for our annual all-day celebration, featuring some fantastic spotlight authors, special bargains, and, of course, cake!

Mysterious Galaxy, 5943 Balboa Ave, Suite 100, San Diego. For additional information, go to or call (858) 268-4747.

May 9 (Saturday, 3:00 pm) Greg O’Brien, will be at Unicorn Books and Gifts for a speaking engagement and book signing.

Greg O’Brien was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease (EOAD) in 2009 at the age of 59.  He was also caregiver for his mother who passed away with Alzheimer’s.  Acting on long-term memory and skill, coupled with well-developed journalistic grit, Greg decided to tackle his disease and imminent decline by writing frankly about this journey, which he likens to a trip out to Pluto “where no one can see you or hear what is said.” 

Drawing on his cognitive reserve, he is reporting back as he journeys further into that void, in his memoir, ON PLUTO: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s is written with faith and humor, and is an illuminating, naked, and honest account of living with Alzheimer’s, not dying with it.  Greg has an outstanding ability to communicate the patient perspective of living with this condition, the symptom burden, longitudinal course of the disease, impact on family, etc.  I believe this book provide invaluable information to help family, caregivers, healthcare professionals, as well as industry clinical development teams to  “get an inside glimpse” of living with this condition and thus better understand and help patients living with this condition.

He single handedly is trying to put a face to the dreaded Alzheimer’s disease. And he is getting noticed. After a short, six months, and with more than 120 interviews and speaking engagements, his book is going into its third printing, and Greg O’Brien is being called the voice of Alzheimer’s for the Baby Boomer generation.

Greg has been nominated by the National Alzheimer’s Association to become a part of its National Early-Stage Advisory Group of important individuals living in the early stage of Alzheimer’s or other dementias who bring a unique perspective to key efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. 

Unicorn Books and Gifts, 738 Main Street, Ramona; or call 760-788-3700.

May 9 (Saturday, 7:00 pm)Berkeley poet David Shaddock will read from his new book Vernal Pool; and San Diego poet Steve Kowit will read from his new book Cherish: New and Selected Poems at D.G. Wills Books, 7461 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, 858-456-1800,

David Shaddock’s poems have appeared in such journals as Tikkun and Mother Jones. His other books include In This Place Where Something’s Missing Lives, with an afterword by Rabbi Arthur Waskow; and Dreams Are Another Set of Muscles, with an introduction by Denise Levertov. His play In A Company of Seekers was performed at the 2012 Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy. He holds a PhD in psychoanalytic research from Middlesex University, London, and is also the author of two nonfiction books on relationships and couples therapy. He maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Oakland and lives with his family in Berkeley.

Steve Kowit is the Poet Laureate of San Diego. His many books include Crossing Borders; Lurid Confessions; The Dumbbell Nebula; In the Palm of Your Hand: The Poet’s Portable Workshop; The First Noble Truth; and The Maverick Poets.

May 11 (Monday, 7:00 pm)Remembering Mama: Celebrating Jewish Mothers

A post-Mother’s Day celebration in the Astor Judaica Library at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center (JCC) 4126 Executive Drive in La Jolla. Jewish stories of Jewish mothers come to life during this literary event featuring actors Walter Ritter, Veronica Murphy, and others.

Attendees are encouraged to RSVP. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Susan Hagler at (858) 362-1150 or or go to

Price: $15, JCC Member Price: $12. For tickets, please contact the JCC Box Office (858) 362-1348 or visit the box office website


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

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April 26 (Sunday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm)Get an Author Space at the 25th Annual Encinitas April Street Fair. For more information on the event, go to

Please do not hesitate to contact Karla Olson if you have any questions:

May 3 (Sunday, 9:00 am)The Writers Coffeehouse with Jonathan Maberry is open to everyone. The Coffeehouse is a bunch of writers sitting around talking about writing … with coffee. No agenda … just chat about the latest trends in the industry, about the craft of writing, about markets, about pitching and selling, about conquering frustration and defeating writers block, and about all of the good things that come from the community of writers. No previous publishing experience necessary … the Writers Coffeehouse attracts everyone from absolute beginner to award-winners and bestsellers. We're all writers. The Coffeehouse will be a regular event that meets on the first Sunday of every month from noon to 3:00 pm. And join the free Message Board online:

Mysterious Galaxy, 5943 Balboa Ave, Suite 100, San Diego. For additional information, go to or call (858) 268-4747.

May 6 thru 8The 5th annual Nonfiction Writers Conference. Register now at:

Fifteen expert speakers over 3 days. All sessions are delivered via teleseminar, and recordings and transcripts are available depending on the access pass you choose. Several of the conference speakers, including Dan Poynter, Dana Lynn Smith, and Stephanie Chandler. Check Out The Amazing Speaker Line-up on the website!

When you register for NFWC 2015, you will receive a special bonus download: “Book Marketing Action Plan Template,” which is a pre-formatted Excel spreadsheet that includes the following tabs: marketing plan questions, tabs to track your tactics for your website, social media, online and offline, a list of book awards programs, and tabs to track your accomplishments and contacts. This is a power tool for authors!

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