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January 21, 2014 (San Diego) – San Diego WriteWay’s calendar of literary events includes a wide variety of happenings countywide. Scroll down for listings of events of interest to both readers and writers.


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January 23 (Thursday, 7:30 pm) — Warwick's will host acclaimed novelist and filmmaker Ruth Ozeki who will discuss and sign her novel A Tale for the Time Being. This event is free and open to the public, however Reserved Seating is available. Please call Warwick's for details, (858) 454-0347. Only books purchased from Warwick's will be signed.

Background: "A time being is someone who lives in time, and that means you, and me, and every one of us who is, or was, or ever will be." In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there's only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates' bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who's lived more than a century. A diary is Nao's only solace-and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine. Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox-possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami. As the mystery of its contents unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao's drama and her unknown fate, and forward into her own future.

Full of Ozeki's signature humor and deeply engaged with the relationship between writer and reader, past and present, fact and fiction, quantum physics, history, and myth, A Tale for the Time Being is a brilliantly inventive, beguiling story of our shared humanity and the search for home.

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


January 23 (Thursday, 6:00 pm) — Meet author Kiersten White, Shannon Messenger and Natalie Whipple. White is the New York Times best-selling author of the Paranormalcy trilogy, as well as the psychological thriller Mind Games, her newest release. Messenger is the author of the middle grade series Exile, the sequel to Keeper of the Lost Cities. She is also the author of the young adult novel Let the Sky Fall. Whipple is the author of the teen novel Transparent.

Barnes & Noble, Oceanside, 2615 Vista Way, Oceanside: Lisa Kovach - Community Relations Manager, at 760-529-0270 or for additional information.


January 24 (Friday, 7:00 pm) — Noted film historian Professor Noah Isenberg will discuss his new book Edgar G. Ulmer: A Filmmaker at the Margins at D.G.Wills Books, 7461 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, 858-456-1800, Edgar Ulmer's daughter, Arianne Ulmer Cipes, will participate in this event.

Edgar G. Ulmer is perhaps best known today for Detour, considered by many to be the epitome of a certain noir style that transcends its B-list origins. But in his lifetime he never achieved the celebrity of his fellow Austrian and German émigré directors – Billy Wilder, Otto Preminger, Fred Zinnemann, and Robert Siodmak. Despite early work with Max Reinhardt and F. W. Murnau, his auspicious debut with Siodmak on their celebrated Weimar classic People on Sunday, and the success of films like Detour and Ruthless, Ulmer spent most of his career as an itinerant filmmaker earning modest paychecks for films that have either been overlooked or forgotten. In this fascinating and well-researched account of a career spent on the margins of Hollywood, Noah Isenberg provides the little-known details of Ulmer’s personal life and a thorough analysis of his wide-ranging, eclectic films—features aimed at minority audiences, horror and sci-fi flicks, genre pictures made in the U.S. and abroad. Isenberg shows that Ulmer’s unconventional path was in many ways more typical than that of his more famous colleagues. As he follows the twists and turns of Ulmer’s fortunes, Isenberg also conveys a new understanding of low-budget filmmaking in the studio era and beyond.

Noah Isenberg is Director of Screen Studies and Professor of Culture and Media at the New School, author of Detour, and editor of Weimar Cinema: An Essential Guide to Classic Films of the Era.

"A fascinating, meticulously researched, and most welcome biographical study of the life and films of Edgar G. Ulmer, a picturemaker whose name has practically become proverbial for no-budget, ultra-rapidly shot movies of quality and personal vision. What Ulmer could accomplish in six days remains a object lesson for directors who strive to create something good with little means, and proof that miracles can happen if there is talent involved." —Peter Bogdanovich.

"Noah Isenberg's lovingly researched and sumptuously written book on the relentless self-mythologizer Ulmer, a man who over his singularly strange filmmaking career commingled with Hollywood titans AND worked the outermost margins of the industry—even the margins of history itself—represents an intoxicating and savvy approach to biography, one that acknowledges that poetic truth lies in the blurred miles-wide belt between confirmed fact and after-the-fact longing for a better seat in the empyrean. Rich and strange. What a wonderful work this is." —Guy Maddin, writer and director of My Winnipeg.

"This enthralling biography pieces together for the first time one of the strangest and most elusive careers in Hollywood. Noah Isenberg shows, with tact, elegance and exhaustive research, how the Viennese director who came to Hollywood with Wilder, Preminger and von Stroheim, wound up in the netherworld of Poverty Row, and how the director’s noir films, made under cheap conditions on six-day-shooting schedules, exhibit something primal—the grinding greed, ambition, and outsider yearning of noir." —Molly Haskell, author of Frankly, My Dear: 'Gone with the Wind' Revisited.

"Noah Isenberg has combined dogged detective work and an acute critical sense to create the first portrait of Edgar G. Ulmer that casts light into the dark corners of this gifted filmmaker’s labyrinthine career. Ulmer’s own life seems as spectacularly accursed as that of the protagonist of his most famous work, the 1945 film noir Detour, yet Isenberg uncovers something noble and ultimately quite moving in Ulmer’s unflagging pursuit of high art under the most unlikely circumstances." —Dave Kehr, author of When Movies Mattered


January 24 (Friday, 7:00 pm) — Join us for a special Pajamarama Storytime with children’s author and illustrator Salina Yoon, as she reads aloud from her adorable picture book, Penguin and Pinecone. After the reading, Salina will help kids finger knit a small scarf for their very own Pinecone. Don't forget to wear your pajamas.

Barnes & Noble, Oceanside, 2615 Vista Way, Oceanside: Lisa Kovach - Community Relations Manager, at 760-529-0270 or for additional information.


January 25 (Saturday, 11:00 am) — Join us for the January Hands-On Learning Event at Barnes & Noble featuring The LEGO Movie, which will hit theaters on February 7th. During the event, participants will learn exclusive details about The LEGO Movie, complete an interactive activity to find a hidden message about the movie, listen to a special LEGO song featured in the movie and get the chance to watch a glimpse of the movie with a presentation of The LEGO Movie trailer. There will also be a surprise announcement that you don’t want to miss out on.

Barnes & Noble, Oceanside, 2615 Vista Way, Oceanside: Lisa Kovach - Community Relations Manager, at 760-529-0270 or for additional information.



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


Classes & Events for Writers Ink:

January 22 (Wednesday, 6:30 pm) — Adventures by the Book and the SoCal Author Academy, in partnership with the Central Library San Diego, is pleased to present a panel event for writers and authors featuring SoCal Author Academy instructors Susan McBeth, Barbra Drizin, Kathi Diamant, and Andy Trimlett at the Central San Diego Library, 330 Park Blvd, San Diego 92101. The panel event is FREE and open to the public.

About the Event: What is the SoCal Author Academy? Come and join us at this free event to find out. Meet our instructors and learn more about our workshops designed specifically for writers and authors. Be inspired to take control of your book’s destiny!

About the SoCal Author Academy: As an author events coordinator, Susan McBeth is frequently asked advice by writers who are overwhelmed with the marketing and event planning process. The SoCal Author Academy will take authors methodically through the process of marketing a book in Anne Lamott fashion, Bird by Bird. Designed as a series of intimate workshops, taught by experts in each subject matter, the SoCal Author Academy offers a cohesive and interactive plan for authors to market their books.

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

January 24-26 — SDSU Writers’ Conference


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