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August 23 (Sunday, 3:00 pm)Upstart Crow Book Reading with local author Raquel Perez, author of Legends of The Californios: Nana's Stories of our Family Roots.

Perez takes you on a journey through time with three historically-based fictionalized tales, set in a time when California was under Spanish rule and then under the Mexican Flag. Come hear about the legends that are part of San Diego's past.

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

August 23 (Sunday, 12:00 pm)As part of our ongoing Weekend with Locals Program we will be hosting Alan Mindell author of The B Team: A Horse Racing Saga.

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

August 25 (Tuesday, 7:30 pm)Warwick's is hosting author Victoria Patterson to present her novel, The Little Brother. Victoria Patterson is the author of the novels The Peerless Four and This Vacant Paradise, a 2011 New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice.

Life is pretty sweet for Even Hyde. Despite his parents’ divorce in 2001, he’s doing just fine, having chosen to live with his richly successful father in Newport Beach, California. When not spending ‘bonding’ time with his partially absent father, he has his run of the house, where he more or less comes and goes as he pleases.

Even’s older brother Gabe continues to live in Cucamonga with their emotionally unstable mother. Though he feels discarded and left behind, Gabe visits Even and their father on the weekends.

Even doesn’t seem too worried about Gabe’s quick-to-ignite temper or his evolving addiction to skipping school and smoking weed.

But then Gabe commits a crime so unbelievably heinous that Even can’t forgive his own flesh and blood for it. In his personal recounting for The Little Brother, Even shares the events immediately following his brother and two of his friends savagely gang raping (while videotaping) an unconscious girl. When Gabe somehow ends up losing the video tape (which ends up in Even’s hand) it is up to Even to make the life-changing decision: does he do the right thing and turn his own brother in to the police or does family come first?

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

August 26 (Wednesday, 7:30 pm)Warwick's is hosting author Wendy L. Patrick to present her newest nonfiction book, Red Flags: How to Spot Frenemies, Underminers, and Toxic People in Your Life. Wendy is a Deputy District Attorney and team leader in the Sex Crimes and Stalking Division of the San Diego County District Attorney's Office.

We all need emotional blinders: the etiquette that keeps society smoothly moving depends on it. But when you absolutely must rely on another person, you have to be able to assess them objectively. RED FLAGS shares simple strategies anyone can use to spot deceptive or downright dangerous people who use ingratiation and social convention to draw in and lull victims.

Readers will learn how even the most skeptical of us use rose-colored lenses on those around us, in three sections:

Blinded by Desire. from the alluring lenses of attraction and positive attention to the blindness of marital "bliss" and the distorted lens of delusion

Overlooking Red Flags in a Professional Setting, how reassuring proximity and the false security of credibility and similarity can lead to costly mistakes

Be Afraid of What You Can't See, the ultimate cost of wearing emotional blinders around the truly disturbed/criminal, from sexual predation to domestic abuse, stalking and cyber-stalking.

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

August 27 (Thursday)Warwick's and Venissimo Cheese will present three Spanish cheeses at 2pm for sampling and suggested pairings.

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

August 27 (Thursday, 7:30 pm)Warwick's is hosting author Megan Feldman Bettencourt to present her book, Triumph of the Heart. Megan began her career as a Central America-based freelancer and earned a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York. This event is free and open to the public.

When Megan Feldman Bettencourt found herself embittered after a breakup and a string of professional setbacks, she met an extraordinary man named Azim. Azim had forgiven the man who killed his beloved only son, and even reached out to the killer’s family. He truly seemed to be at peace.

As a veteran journalist, Megan recognized it for the amazing story it was. But as a self-admitted grudge-holder, she was perplexed. Was there something wrong with him, or was there something wrong with her? She wondered about our ability to forgive – why we have it at all, why we do it, and whether it can help us.

Triumph of the Heart is the story of Megan’s quest to understand this complex concept, from both a scientific perspective and a human one. She draws on cutting-edge research showing that forgiveness can provide a range of health benefits, from relieving depression to decreasing high blood pressure. She examines situations as mundane as road rage, as painful as cheating spouses, and as unthinkable as war crimes. Through stories of people and even communities who have forgiven in the toughest of circumstances, she shows us how they’re able to do it, the profound sense of freedom they feel afterward, and the evocative implications for peacemaking worldwide.

This journey takes Megan from recovered addicts who restarted their lives by seeking forgiveness, to a Baltimore principal who used forgiveness techniques to eradicate violence in her school, to genocide survivors in Rwanda who forgave the people who killed their families and perpetrators who are still trying to redeem themselves.

Along the way, Megan strengthens her own powers of forgiveness, altering her life in ways she never expected. With grace and compassion, she reveals that our human capacity for forgiveness not only makes us healthier and happier, but is the key to healing, growing, and living well.

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

August 27 (Thursday, 7:00 pm)Book Reading with author Donna Bryson. It's a Black White Thing was shortlisted for the City Press Tafelberg Nonfiction Award, a national South African prize; won first place in the nonfiction book category in the Colorado Press Women’s 2015 Communications Contest; and won another first from the National Federation of Press Women. The book explores the struggle to get past racism in South Africa after apartheid, and parallels to the civil rights movement in the U.S.

Donna Bryson grew up in San Diego, where her first job in journalism was as an intern at the Union-Tribune. She went on to become a foreign correspondent for The Associated Press, which sent her to South Africa in 1993. She covered South Africa’s first all-race elections in 1994. After leaving South Africa in 1996, she reported for AP from India (1996-1999), Egypt (1999-2005) and the UK (2005-2008). In 2008, she was appointed Johannesburg chief of bureau for AP, a position she filled until 2012. She is now a freelance journalist and writer, living in Denver with her husband and daughter.

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

August 29 (Saturday, 7:00 pm)Legendary drummer Charles Connor will discuss his new book, Keep A Knockin’: The Story of a Legendary Drummer

This book is loaded with untold stories about drummer Charles Connor and his road into rock 'n roll history. Playing with legends like Roy "Professor Longhair" Byrd, Smiley Lewis, Guitar Slim, Jack Dupree then Shirley and Lee was just his launch pad before touring everywhere with Little Richard and his band The Upsetters; with whom he created his signature drum intro in "Keep A Knockin."

He would go on even further to work with other music icons such as Lloyd Price, James Brown, Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, the Original Coasters, "Big" Joe Turner, "Champion" Jack Dupree, Larry Williams, Don Covay, "Papa" George Lightfoot, Larry Birdsong, and more.

D.G.Wills Books, 7461 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, 858-456-1800,

August 30 (Sunday, 3:00 pm)This is a numbered event – numbers for the signing line are free with the purchase of Secondhand Souls from Mysterious Galaxy, available August 25, starting at 10:00 am.If you are planning to attend the event, please do not place your order through the web site as all such orders are processed after the event. Instead, please come by or call the store and purchase the book on or after the on-sale date.

From the prologue to Secondhand Souls: “(Selected from the Great Big Book of Death: First Edition) ‘Congratulations, you have been chosen to act as Death, it’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it. It is your duty to retrieve soul vessels from the dead and dying and see them on to their next body. If you fail, Darkness will cover the world and Chaos will reign.’” MG fave Christopher Moore continues the tale of reluctant incarnation of Death, Charlie Asher, introduced in A Dirty Job.

Readers can also pick-up Stripey F*@K Throx – package of 3 “fashion” socks with Chris Moore/Independent Bookstore Day messaging – while supplies last.

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

August 30 (Sunday, 12:00 pm)As part of our ongoing Weekend with Locals Program we will be hosting Antonio Vianna author of Far From Ordinary: A Novel.

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

August 31 (Monday, 7:30 pm)Warwick's is hosting author and former Navy pilot Anne A. Wilson to present her debut novel, Hover. Anne A. Wilson graduated with the 10th class of women admitted to the United States Naval Academy. She served nine years active duty as a navy helicopter pilot, which included serving in the Persian Gulf. Wilson and her crew were named Helicopter Aircrew of the Year in 1997 by the Naval Helicopter Association for the rescue of 13 people in a flood that affected Reno, Yosemite, and surrounding areas.

Helicopter pilot Lt. Sara Denning joins a navy battle group with little fanfare – and that’s just the way she likes it. After her brother Ian’s tragic death, her career path seemed obvious: step into his shoes and enter the Naval Academy, despite her fear of water. Sara’s philosophy is simple – blend in, be competent, and above all, never do anything to stand out as a woman in a man’s world.

Somewhere along the way, Sara lost herself – her feminine, easygoing soul is now buried under so many defensive layers, she can’t reach it anymore.

When she meets strong, self-assured Lt. Eric Marxen, her defenses start to falter. Eric coordinates flight operations for a Navy SEAL team that requests Sara as the exclusive pilot. This blatant show of favoritism causes conflict with the other pilots; Sara's sexist boss seems intent on making her life miserable, and her roommate and best friend, the only other woman on the ship, is avoiding her. It doesn’t help that her interactions with Eric leave her reeling.

The endgame of the SEALs' mission is so secret, even Sara doesn’t know the reason behind her mandated participation. Soon, though, the training missions become real, and Sara must overcome her fears before they plunge her into danger. When Sara’s life is on the line, can she find her true self again and follow the orders of her heart before it is too late?

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

September 1 (Tuesday, 6:30 pm)Adventures by the Book™ is pleased to present a Book Club Dinner Adventure with New York Times bestselling author Juliet Blackwell, as she launches her new novel, The Paris Key, at Bagatelle Café & Bistro, 7094 Miramar Road #122, San Diego 92121. The event is ticketed at $40 per person and is open to the public.

About the Event: Ooh la la, are you ready for a bit of Parisian culture right here in San Diego? Then you won’t want to miss our next Book Club Dinner Adventure with Blackwell. Your Adventure includes dinner, beverage, tax, gratuity, book discussion, Q&A, book signing, and the opportunity to meet the author up close and personal in an intimate and fun setting. And, if you purchase a signed book, save $5 on your dinner!

About the Author: Juliet Blackwell, known to millions of readers as Julie Goodson-Lawes (of Haunted Home Renovation Series and Witchcraft Mystery Series fame) will enchant and rivet in her upcoming novel, The Paris Key. Leading readers into the journey of a divorcée leaving behind her hollow life in the States and returning to Paris, Genevieve Martin hopes to rediscover her sense of self. Even as she adjusts to life in France, family secrets loom around her and threaten to change her life forever. Blackwell delivers unique but relatable characters in this poignant novel that is sure to intrigue and delight readers.

For media requests or review copies, please contact Danielle Dill at (212) 366-2155 or at

September 8 (Tuesday, 12noon)A Journey of Discovery: Raymond M. Wong was a lonely and resentful man before going on a trip to Hong Kong in 1996. He met a father, encountered his family, and discovered a new world, one of forgiveness and compassion, in a city he had abandoned for nearly three decades. He will discuss his award-winning memoir, I’m Not Chinese: The Journey from Resentment to Reverence.

Fallbrook Village Rotary Club: Fallbrook Library, 124 S. Mission Road, Fallbrook, CA 92028. E-mail: Karen Utley at or (760) 731-7321. Site:


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

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For a complete list of all the classes & Events for Writers Ink go to:

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August 24, (Monday, 6:30)At the 4th Monday meeting of the San Diego Writers/Editors Guild, the speaker will be Alan Russell.

A $5 donation from non-members is recommended. For additional information, go to:

August 21 (Friday, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm)San Diego chapter of The Nonfiction Authors Association with Andrea Susan Glass presents Turn Your Book Into A Business.

San Diego Writers Ink, 2730 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego. (SDWI is on the second floor in Barrack 16). Meeting Fee: $15 prepay on line, $20 at the door.

Few authors make a ton of money from their first book, but in fiction, you can build a business by creating a series, attracting loyal fans, and thus turning a profit. In nonfiction, you can add workbooks, journals, coaching, classes, and more to build a business and see real profits. Your book is just the beginning as you build your brand and turn your book into a business.

August 22 (Saturday, 1:00 pm)Local Authors/Writers Panel. Local authors will have a panel/talk on publishing and marketing. Open to the public.

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

August 23 (Sunday, 4:30 to 6:30 pm)Community Meeting & Party: Special announcements, Drusilla Campbell Book Sale, & more at the Ink Spot.

The Ink Spot, NTC Liberty Station, 2730 Historic Decatur Rd., Barracks 16, Suite 202, San Diego. Go to and click on Classes & Workshops.

August 24 (Monday, 7:00 pm)Mysterious Galaxy Writers Group. Mysterious Galaxy, 5943 Balboa Ave, Suite 100, San Diego. For additional information, go to or call (858) 268-4747.

August 29 (Saturday, 10 am to 12:00 pm)Publishers and Writers of San Diego (PWSD) will hold its monthly meeting at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas,CA 92024. The topic for the meeting is “Internet marketing for authors” with Jennifer Thompson, Monkey C Media.

Personal Branding Expert and Internet Marketing strategist Jeniffer Thompson is passionate about helping authors build their brands and sell more books. She is the author of Web Site WOW: Turn Your Web Site Into Your Most Powerful Marketing Tool and the creator of the popular Web Site WOW seminar series. Jeniffer’s passion for Internet Marketing shines through in every class she teaches; authors walk away feeling empowered, inspired, and armed with knowledge. Jeniffer is the founder of Monkey C Media, a branding company that delivers easy-to-update, custom websites with an integrated marketing strategy, professional book cover design, and more.

Anyone interested or involved in writing, editing, publishing, designing, or anything related to books is welcome to attend. Members cost $10, non-members $20. Visit for more information and to register for the meeting.


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