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December 17 (Wednesday, 7:00 to 8:45 pm) Featured Poets and Open Mic) at the monthly New Alchemy Poetry Series. Featured poet Jackleen Holton & Ron Salisbury. Free parking behind Harbor House Restaurant after 6 pm.

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

December 18 (Thursday, 6:00 pm)Author Captain Luis Carlos Montalvain signs and talks about his book, Until Tuesday, at the San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., San Diego.

December 20 (Saturay, 5:30 pm) Author Robert Burns signs and talks about his book, Affairs of the Heart & Soul: A Poetic Biography. Celtic Corner, 916 Orange Ave., Coronado.

December 21 (Sunday, 7:00 pm)Warwick's and Words Alive present Cary Elwes in conversation to discuss his new book, As You Wish, the behind-the-scenes account about the making of The Princess Bride. The event will be held at the David and Dorothea Garfield Theatre at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, The Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037. This is an OFFSITE ticketed event, and a copy of the book is included. Tickets can be purchased here. Check-in and doors open at 2:15PM and seating is first-come first-served.

From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner. The Princess Bride has been a family favorite for close to three decades. Ranked by the American Film Institute as one of the top 100 Greatest Love Stories and by the Writers Guild of America as one of the top 100 screenplays of all time, The Princess Bride will continue to resonate with audiences for years to come. Cary Elwes was inspired to share his memories and give fans an unprecedented look into the creation of the film while participating in the twenty-fifth anniversary cast reunion. In As You Wish he has created an enchanting experience; in addition to never-before seen photos and interviews with his fellow cast mates, there are plenty of set secrets and backstage stories. With a foreword by Rob Reiner and a limited edition original poster by acclaimed artist Shepard Fairey, As You Wish is a must-have for all fans of this beloved film.

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

December 24 Wednesday, 7:00 pm)Christian Writers Festival featuring authors who sign and talk about their books: Ray Bentley, The Hoy Land Key; Joanne Bischof, The Cadence of Grace, series; Martha Gorris, War of Whispers; Sally John, Between Us Girls; Christa Kinde, The Blue Door; Susan Meissner, The Amish Groom; Beverly Nault, Spring Blossoms; Diana W. Taylor, Ruth other of Kings;and Sandra Esch, Tracks in the Snow.

Barnes & Noble, 10775 Westview Parkway, San Diego.


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

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Classes & Events for Writers Ink:

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December 16 Monday)Soul Collage and Journaling: The Four Suits with Mary Lee Moser. In this class, the focus will be on learning the value of organizing our collage cards into four or more “suits”, as developed by Seena Frost, the founder of SoulCollage®.

Prior knowledge of SoulCollage® is helpful, but not necessary. Beginners may visit for general information before attending class. Please feel free to bring pictures or magazines to use or share. First class in a series of 6!  Take one or all of them.

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December 17 (Wednesday, 6:30 pm) San Diego Writers/Editors Guild Holiday Party for members and their guest.

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January 16 (Friday)Dave Feldman and Lola Sparrowhawk will teach a four-week class on beginning creative writing, at OASIS at Macy’s Mission.

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January 23-25 (Friday thru Sunday)SDSU Writers Conference: Early-Bird special pricing: Registration fee of $399 until January 6, 2015.

January 26 (Monday, 6:30 pm)At the every 4th Monday meeting of the San Diego Writers/Editors Guild, Kathy Diamant, author, PBS moderator, and SDSU Osher instructor will discuss Giving and Receiving Critiques. Summer 2015 – Will you be ready for the next Open Mic night?

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

February 13 - 15, Friday thru Sunday)Mission Trails Regional Park Announces Kumeyaay Lake Poetry Campout with Poet Jim Moreno. Family Friendly- No Alcohol or Drugs. The event is limited to 12 participants, first come first served.

The Valentine's Day Weekend” workshop will blend writing time for beginning to seasoned poets in four structured writing workshops. Star Gazing with the San Diego Astronomy Association, a Guided Nature Walk, and a Saturday Sunset Open Mic for campout poets and community at the Kumeyaay Lake amphitheater are blended with poetry events. $100 plus camping fees. 6 poets per campsite.

Sign up at Information: (619) 668- 2748 or (760) 802-2449.

February 13 (Friday)Caroline McCullagh will be continuing her eight-week course of writing classes at OASIS. for more information.

For additional classes, Call (619) 574-0674 or go to:


February 24-26 (Tuesday thru Thursday)Symposium by the Sea 2015, held by Point Loma Nazarene University.

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The cost of having your book featured in the Local Authors Bookstore,

and linked to Amazon for sales has been temporally lowered.

NOW Only $9.95 for over one year.

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LOCAL BOOK OF THE WEEK: DOWN SOLO by Earl Javorsky: Charlie Miner wakes up looking down at his body on a gurney at the LA County morgue. When he moves closer to the body, it pulls him in and he is able to make it get up and walk around. Charlie, a down-on-his-luck, heroin-addicted insurance fraud investigator, leaves the morgue with two priorities: to get a fix and to find out who killed him.

The trouble is, there’s a bullet in his brain and his memory is full of holes. His quest will take him backward to rediscovered memories and forward to new danger, further loss, and, finally, possible redemption. Down Solo borrows from Stephen King only to the extent that, generally, people don’t reanimate their bodies and continue daily life. Otherwise, the novel is more or less a straightforward (well, slightly convoluted) Chandleresque mystery.

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THE GUILDED PEN: The San Diego Editors/Writers Guild's Third Edition – 2014 anthology of The Guilded Pen is now out on Amazon. To get your copy, go to:


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