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August 18 (Monday, 7:00 pm) — Upstart Crow Book Club: We will discuss Tara Conklin's House Girl.

Weaving together the story of an escaped slave in the pre-Civil War South and a determined junior lawyer, The House Girl follows Lina Sparrow as she looks for an appropriate lead plaintiff in a lawsuit seeking compensation for families of slaves. In her research, she learns about Lu Anne Bell, a renowned prewar artist whose famous works might have actually been painted by her slave, Josephine.

Book Club Members receive 25% off the selected bookof the month.

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

August 19 (Tuesday, 6:00 – 7:00 pm) — Author Corey Lynn Fayman will be demonstrating and discussing the App Edition of his mystery novel Border Field Blues at the Clairemont Branch Library. Stop by and learn more about this new tablet-based approach to the mystery novel. 2920 Burgener Blvd, San Diego, CA.

August 19-25 — Join award-winning author, photographer, and internationally-acclaimed Alaskan wilderness guide Lynn Schooler for a six-day Alaskan Adventure by the Book that you will not soon forget. Itinerary may include sea kayaking to view sea lions and harbor seals, whale watching, catching fresh Alaskan crab for dinner, impromptu photography lessons, beach walks, bear viewing during salmon season, rain forest hikes, picking blueberries and making fresh blueberry pie, biking to a nearby glacier, and much more.

About the Event: Your Adventure includes six nights’ accommodations in the author’s home, a small, handcrafted cabin located 25 miles north of Juneau in the Alaskan wilderness, informal, dorm-style sleeping arrangements, all meals, most activities, airport transfers (restrictions may apply) and the adventure of a lifetime with an award-winning author and expert tour guide with over 40 years’ of experience in the Alaskan wilderness.

About the Author: In spring, 2007, hard on the heels of the worst winter in the history of Juneau, Alaska, Schooler finds himself facing the far side of middle age and exhausted by laboring to handcraft a home as his marriage slips away. Seeking solace and escape in nature, he sets out on a solo journey into the Alaskan wilderness, traveling first by small boat across the formidable Gulf of Alaska, then on foot along one of the wildest coastlines in North America.

Walking Home is filled with stunning observations of the natural world, and rife with nail-biting adventure as Schooler fords swollsen rivers and eludes aggressive grizzlies. More importantly, it is a story about finding wholeness-and a sense of humanity-in the wild. His is a solitary journey, but Schooler is never alone; human stories people the landscape-tales of trappers, explorers, marooned sailors, and hermits, as well as the mythology of the region’s Tlingit Indians.

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

August 20 (Wednesday, 7:00 to 8:45 pm) — Featured Poets and Open Mic) at the monthly New Alchemy Poetry Series. Featured poets: Lizzie Wann and Robert O'Sullivan Schleith. Free parking behind Harbor House Restaurant after 6 pm.

Participate in the discussion and share your own poetry with the group. Each meeting features an open mic segment. Come and be a part of San Diego’s lively poetry scene! The New Alchemy Poetry Series is organized by Seretta Martin, a talented author, poet, teacher, and editor of San Diego Poetry Annual.

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

August 23 (Saturday, 7:00 pm ) — Daryl Brown, son of James Brown, The Godfather of Soul, will discuss his new book Inside the Godfather, at D.G.Wills Books, 7461 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, 858-456-1800,

Inside the Godfather is a history changing book about drugs, sex, lies, adultery, racism, murder, religion, politics, deceit, lust, Rock & Roll and bribery but most importantly, it will set the record straight about James Brown, The Godfather of Soul.

James Brown, The Godfather of Soul, may be the most misunderstood man in the last century. Confusion emerges as a consequence of the complexities in his life. His contributions toward modern music pale in comparison to the indispensable role he played in modern history. Brown lifted all races toward the ideals of equality and opportunity. Tragically, while he had the ability to calm the storms of social turmoil - his personal life was a perpetual tempest; sex, drugs, rhythm & blues. Inside the Godfather brings together, for the first time, those from Brown’s inner circle, who will correct the distortions of the past and provide for the reader a clear understanding of the brilliance and generosity that was James Brown, Mr. Dynamite.

Music icon James Brown's son Daryl Brown is a songwriter, musician and producer and grew up with a very clear understanding of who his father was… James Brown, The Godfather of Soul. Daryl played on countless James Brown smash hit songs and twice toured the world with his dad. Daryl has appeared on Jay Leno, David Letterman, BET, MTV and The American Music Awards to mention a few. Daryl has also appeared in films such as Jackie Chan's “The Tuxedo” and more.

August 23 (Saturday, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm) — Join everyone for a special book signing, food tasting, and grilling demonstration as they partner with Sunset Magazine to present The Great Outdoors Cookbook. This event will feature demonstrations, using Chino's summer produce, of outdoor cooking techniques such as solar, charcoal, and wood-burning. In addition to selling this book, they will be introducing new items to our Good Earth / Great Chefs weekend pop-up pantry.

The Chino Farm, 6123 Calzada del Bosque, Rancho Santa Fe.



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

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Classes & Events for Writers Ink:

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August 18-22 (Monday, 9:00 am-12:00 pm) — Encinitas Parks & Recreation – “Write It”™ Workshops.

Registration fee is only $189.50 for residents of Encinitas and $199.50 for non-residents (1st grade – 6th grade age). This is a 1 week program, 3 hours per day. Your child will write and illustrate as they learn about the components of a story and storytelling. The class includes 1 free booklet of your child's story with the opportunity to acquire additional booklets.

For more information & registration go to: CLICK For questions contact Lisa Monaco Gonzales at or 760-310-1899

August 25 (Monday, 6:30 pm) — The San Diego Writers/Editors Guild presents an Evening with Alan Kilpatrick, PhD. Funny You Should Ask: Writing Comedy For the Stage will highlight Dr. Kilpatrick’s experiences trying to please actors, directors, and audiences – not necessarily in that order.

With a focus on Native American studies, Dr. Kilpatrick is a professor emeritus at San Diego State University and an adjunct faculty member at Pacifica Graduate Institute. He has done fieldwork in on folk healing in Peru, Mexico, and Spain and been awarded two Fulbright scholarships.

His book, The Night Has a Naked Soul: Witchcraft and Sorcery Among the Western Cherokee, available on, and a play by Kilpatrick, “Little Big Horn”, had a world premiere in Albuquerque in 2009.

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August 27 (Wednesday, 6:30 - 8:30 pm) — Grab Beers with Other San Diego Journalists. San Diego SPJ is co-hosting a mixer with the local Asian American Journalists Association, National Association of Black Journalists, National Association of Hispanic Journalists and Online News Association chapters. They don't have an agenda for the night other than getting better acquainted and, of course, gossiping about San Diego newsmakers over local brews.

Where: Ballast Point Tasting Room & Kitchen in Little Italy, 2215 India St San Diego. For questions Email


August 30 (Saturday, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm) — They will meet at the Carlsbad (Dove) Library at 1775 Dove Lane in Carlsbad. The guest speaker is Nicole Op Den Bosch, discussing the Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX) and how easy it is to use these tools to make audiobooks.

Read the President's Message to read event recaps and find out about upcoming events for 2014 and opportunities for members of PWSD. Dan Poynter will be the guest speaker at the October meeting! The Feature Article is actually a poem: An Ode to Indie Authors. Learn more about ghostwriter and editor, Pat Rarus in the Member Profile.

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