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January 2 (Friday, 6:00 pm)Author Bishop O'Connell will sign and talk about his book, The Stolen.

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

January 2 (Friday, 2:00 to 4:00 pm)Back by popular demand – hear Nicholas Clapp give an illustrated presentation for his new book, Old Magic, Lives of the Desert Shamans, at the Anza Borrego Desert State Park Visitors Center. Introducing readers to beautifully photographed rock art, some fascinating stories and Indian legends, and plausible correlations between the art and the legends. Old Magic is a tour de force.

For additional information, contact sunbeltnews@sunbeltpub,com.

January 5 (Monday, 7:30 pm) — Publishers Weekly’s review of Genesis Code by Jamie Metzel notes: “Metzl, a former member of the U.S. National Security Council, offers up a tense vision of the near future with this science fiction thriller…Metzl enhances it with a philosophical protagonist, scientific plausibility, and a keen sense of mood.” This futuristic thriller offers a frightening look at a new kind of superpower race—of humans. As women unknowingly impregnated with genetically enhanced embryos are murdered, Rich Azadian, a historically-burdened Armenian-American reporter for the Kansas City Star, begins the fight of his life, under growing danger, to try to figure out who is killing these women and why, and whether any others like them may still be alive.

Jamie is the author of a history of the Cambodian genocide and the novel The Depths of the Sea, both published by St. Martin’s Press. His novel Genesis Code, dealing with issues of human genetic enhancement in the context of a future US-China rivalry, will be published by Arcade in November 2014.

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

January 9, (Friday, 6:30 pm) — San Diego performance artists Chris Mosher, Shannon Perkins and musician Nathan Hubbard will present spoken word and music.  People’s Choice Poem Awards follow the performances.  This interactive arts and culture experience will include wine, snacks and plenty of time to mingle.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. Members are free, nonmembers are $5 at the door, or bring wine to share and get in free.  The event takes place in the Museum of the Living Artist, 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park.

The People’s Choice Poem Performance Award – All participants read/perform one poem under three minutes long. Audience members choose (by secret ballot) 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 in the People’s Choice Poem Performance Awards can get their names in the hat ahead of time at or sign in on the night of the show.

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 Facebook:

January 13 (Tuesday, 6 to 7:30 pm) — Writers Read at Fallbrook Library presents author Jim Ruland at the Fallbrook Library, 124 S. Mission, Fallbrook, CA. For more information, contact K-B Gressitt at kbgressitt@gmail.comor 760-522-1064, or visit

January 13 (Tuesday, 7:00 pm)Jewish Poets - Jewish Voices will continue in the Astor Judaica Library for the seventh year in the Astor Judaica Library at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center (JCC) in La Jolla. 

The three featured poets will read their works during the first hour.   This will be followed by a half hour of open mic during which members of the audience are invited to read individual poems.  Bring your poetry to read to sing, or just listen and enjoy.  There will be a sign-up sheet in the library as people enter.

Following the readings, there will be an opportunity to socialize over light refreshments. These programs of poetry readings are open to the public at no charge. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP to the JCC Library at (858) 362-1150.

Samuel and Rebecca Astor Judaica Library (upstairs) at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla.

January 14 (Wednesday, 7:30 pm)Warwick's is hosting Michael P. Rich who will present his historic book Images of America: San Diego Harbor Police. Curated from the personal archives of early harbor police officers and the San Diego Unified Port District, author Michael P. Rich brings together beautiful photographs with personal stories and historical facts to showcase the captivating history of the San Diego Harbor Police Department. Sergeant Rich uses these stories and photographs to tell, for the first time, the complete history of the San Diego Harbor Police. This event is free and open to the public. Only books purchased from Warwick's will be signed. Please call the Warwick's Book Dept. (858) 454-0347 for details.

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

January 18 (Sunday, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm) — As part of their ongoing Weekend with Locals Program Warwick's will be hosting Max & Luther author of True Tails from the Dog Park.

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


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

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Classes & Events for Writers Ink:

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January 7 (Wednesday, 7:00 pm)How to Get Published Workshop with USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Coburn.

Mira Mesa Barns and Noble, Mira Mesa MarketCenter, 10775 Westview Parkway, San Diego; (858) 684-3166.

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

For additional classes, go to:


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.

LOCAL BOOK OF THE WEEK: NIPUTI by Joeph Bonpensiero — Emblazoned across the cover of Time magazine on May 16, 1977, was the title, “The Mafia: Big, Bad and Booming.” For most readers, this simply heralded a dramatic exposé on the intriguing world of organized crime; but for Joseph “Joe” Bonpensiero, this signaled a family story weighed down with way too much personal baggage.

As the nephew, or niputi, of the infamous Frank Bompensiero, Joe grew up under the shadow of the Mafia. And even though Joe’s father, Sammy, had steered clear of his brother Frank’s underhand dealings and violent inclinations, the whole family was considered tainted by association.

Discover the true story behind the shadowy figure as you watch a killer take shape through the eyes of his nephew. Detached from the blinding brotherly loyalty his father feels, Joe can smell the aroma of evil when his uncle enters a room. But, within the Sicilian value system, how can he love and respect his father when he spurns his father’s brother?

A complex and candid memoir, Niputi offers a riveting glimpse into the conflicted life of an entire family who suffered because of the actions of one.

You can buy this book at:

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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Sam Warren is the publisher and editor of Visit the site for additional news and calendar events for both Readers and Writers. Sam now lives in Tijuana, Mexico, and is available for tours.


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