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December 6, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - December 6 (Sunday, 12:00 pm) — Warwick's is hosting Elias Weiss Friedman to sign his book The Dogist. Elias Weiss Friedman is a photographer whose singular portraits of dogs have drawn more than 1.1 million followers on Instagram, where he is known as @TheDogist.

In his first book, The Dogist, Friedman captures the wonder and diversity of the beloved dogs in our lives in more than 1,000 delightful photographs of mutts, purebreds, puppies, seniors, packs, and pairs. Meet Hansel, a wide-eyed Pomeranian who is ready for his close-up (p. 28). Or French Bulldog Frances Bacon, riding to work in style (p. 265); Foghat, an alert English Pointer who spends weekends tracking game birds in the Catskills (p. 68); and Nathan the Bloodhound (p. 92), who gets primped before his time with dog show judges. Beautiful full-page portraits, touching stories, and amusing collections of themed photos make this book the ultimate gift for dog lovers of all ages.


Throughout Friedman’s childhood in Philadelphia, his family dogs – Matilda, Snowy, Maggie, Rigby, Biggie, Bialy, T-Paws, Willy, and Ruby, his very own portly black Lab – were an essential part of the household. But when he moved to New York City after college, Friedman had to adapt to life without a canine companion, getting his vicarious dog fix from the pups he passed on the street. In 2013, after layoffs at the branding company where he worked, Elias decided to combine his two greatest loves – photography and dogs—to launch The Dogist, a street-style photo blog documenting the canines he met each day around town. With his uncanny talent for highlighting the unique personality of every dog he photographed, Friedman began attracting thousands of new followers every day.

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

December 8 (Tuesday, 4:30 pm) — Adventures by the Book™ is pleased to present A Hanukkah Supper Adventure with award winning authors Janice Steinberg & Ona Russell at Milton’s Restaurant and Delicatessen, 2660 Via De La Valle, Del Mar, CA 92014. The event is ticketed at $40 per person and open to the public.

About the Event/Book: Your Adventure includes a menorah lighting & prayer by one of our authors, delectable meal, book discussion, Q&A, author signing, and an opportunity to meet Janice Steinberg & Ona Russell up close and personal in a modest and relaxed setting.

About the Authors: Janice Steinberg is an award-winning arts journalist and author of five mystery novels. Her first character based novel, The Tin Horse, is a rich multigenerational story about the intense, often fraught bond sisters share and the dreams & sorrows that lay at the heart of the immigrant experience.

Ona Russell is a 2015 IPPY Book Awards Silver Medalist, and is the author of a series of 1920s historical mysteries. The third in her Sarah Kaufman mysteries, Rule of Capture, takes her sleuth from the glamor of Hollywood to the Tijuana frontier, tests her deepest beliefs and leads her to discover not only a killer, but a part of Los Angeles built on a terrible secret.

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


December 10 (Thursday, 6:00 pm) — Local Ramona Author, Judy McGrath, will be at Unicorn Book and Gifts 738 Main Street, to sign her new book, Morning Star Journey. This book is the sequel to her well-received first novel, Finding Cornbread Mesa, and her second book launch at Unicorn Books and Gifts.

About the Book: Janna Gustaffeson's adventures continue in Morning Star Journey. As she and Theo ponder the future of threatened ranch land, a stalker appears on Janna's tail, and her sketching partner, Red Thunder disappears on an extended mission for the DEA. As the months go by, Janna's?four children are meeting new challenges and needing her guidance, even while she negotiates?with a Native American medicine man and his pet skunk pertaining to maintenance of the?ancient Mesa House found on the Gustaffeson Cornbread Mesa Ranch the previous year. Janna?manages to maintain her career as wildlife artist pursuing photography and sketching forays?out into the wilds, amidst requests coming from cop friend, Bob Taggert, to go on stakeout to?thwart the murder of an old acquaintance, and while trying to sort out the confusion that?surrounds the "good works" of her catastrophic, but kindly Aunt Myrtle. All is resolved in?unexpected ways, but Janna's thinking must travel down many pathways to reach a satisfactory?destination.

About the Author: Judy McGrath is a wife, mother, and grandmother living in the mountains of San Diego County, California. Trained in art,design, and writing, she has been a public and private school teacher, and has gained experience in security, as well as the intricacies of retail. Judy has been a long time student of the Lemurian Philosophy.

December 11 (Friday, 7:30 pm) — Adam Korenman Launch Party in San Diego

Local author Adam Korenman is an officer with the United States Army, an avid Netflix viewer, and a collector of strange looks. A contributor to the Occupied Earth first contact anthology, Adam first wrote The Gray Wars in High School, but returned to it after a ten-year hiatus to make it a full-length novel. In its current incarnation, Adam’s original trilogy has been split, and now the series will run to six books. The first two, When the Stars Fade and When the Skies Fall, will cover events from the ebook release, but with all new content and expansion of scenes. Join us as we celebrate the launch of When the Stars Fade.

In distant future, humanity is recovering from a bloody civil war. Pilots Cameron Davis and George Locklear, reservists with Sector Patrol, prepare for a long weekend off. That vacation is permanently cancelled when two alien armada sthe BOXTI and NANGOLANI arrive near Earth. Though humanity wins the battle, the war quickly turns one-sided. One of Earth s colonies is rendered uninhabitable. George dies saving his friend, and Cameron is sucked through a wormhole and disappears.

Far away on the moon Kronos, Josh Rantz competes in a huge Army competition. Despite most of his unit falling to the enemy, Josh and his squad continue to win larger and larger victories. They are oblivious to the goings on of the universe, isolated on purpose by the war-games designer, Doctor Markov.

When the exercise ends, Josh notices a meteor striking down nearby. He finds an injured Cameron, somehow transported across the stars to the military base. Moments later, the BOXTI arrive and invade. Outnumbered and outgunned, Josh and the soldiers on Kronos rally and push back the BOXTI horde. Summoned by their masters, the BOXTI leave the stunned humans behind.

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

December 12 (Saturday, 2:00 pm) — Gini Koch signs in San Diego.

Hail to the Chief! Gini Koch, who braved the fates and was the first author hosted for a signing at Mysterious Galaxy’s Balboa location in December 2014, mere hours after we opened the doors to readers, returns with fun, cake, Poofs, and prizes, to discuss the 12th entry in her Kitty Katt-Martini Alien series, Alien in Chief – and maybe offer hints of Camp Alien. Mastermind vs. Kitty & Company. Place Your Bets. It’s not another Operation As Usual. This time, the Mastermind’s made it very personal and either he’s going down...or Kitty is.

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

December 12 (Saturday, 7:00 pm) — Author Bill Swank will discuss his new book Christmas in San Diego at D.G.Wills Books, 7461 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, 858-456-1800,

What is the true meaning of Christmas? The author believes the answer is found in the Golden Rule. Christmas should be about being good to one another.Christmas in San Diego, therefore, focuses on people who bring joy to others. Locals are blessed to have many special individuals who share their spirit to make Christmas in San Diego a special season for everyone. This book is divided into five chapters: the history of Christmas in San Diego, the many Christmas traditions throughout San Diego, the various ways Christmas is celebrated within the communities of San Diego County, unique San Diego Christmas trees, and lastly, some special Santa Diego Santas.

Bill Swank, San Diego’s foremost baseball historian, has previously written two Arcadia titles, Baseball in San Diego: From the Padres to Petco (2004) and Baseball in San Diego: From the Plaza to the Padres (2005). Since 2002, he has also been Santa Claus at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park. Baseball Santa spreads his arms and says, “Merry Christmas, San Diego.”


December 16 (Wednesday, 7:00 to 9:00 pm) — New Alchemy Poetry Night Hosted by Local Poets Seretta Martin and Fred Longworth

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! Featured Poets: Karen Keyon and Ish Von Hendrick.



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December 6 (Sunday, 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm) — The Writers' Coffeehouse with Jonathan Maberry. The Writers Coffeehouse 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.

December 13 (Sunday, 12:00 pm) — Local Author Meet and Greet. Mysterious Galaxy brings you the local talent of more than a dozen authors — in our genres and beyond — who are enthused to share their work. We will mingle, hear about each author’s work with some holiday refreshments to top off the afternoon. There will be a variety of genres and subjects ranging from pixies to ghosts, from memoirs to mystery, and from pictures books to novels to non-fiction. These fun gatherings are a great opportunity to meet new people and support our local authors. You might just be the first to support a future best-selling author of our time! Participants so far include: Dennis Greenhill, Lauri Taylor, Fraser C. Heston, Heather J. McAdams, Cindy C. Murray, William Anthony, Marcia Berneger, David J. Schmidt, Janet Elizabeth Lynn, Will Zeilinger, Dick Holt, Jill G. Hall, Leslie Johansen Nack, Elizabeth Comer, and Lynn Lipinski.

The event will also feature local publisher Richard Hansen, and his Poems For All project. Richard started the Poems for All project in 2001, creating miniature books of poetry and distributing them for free. He has produced more than 1,000 titles and has made tens of thousands of copies. He incorporates the work of both amateur and professional writers, and designs the covers himself.

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

December 14 (Monday) — Deadline: Writer's Digest is looking for short stories! Think you can write a winning story in 1,500 words or less? Enter the 16th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition for your chance to win $3,000 in cash, get published in Writer’s Digest magazine, and a paid trip to our ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference! The winning entries will be on display in the 16th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection.






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