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March 8 (Sunday, 2:00 pm)Author Glen Erik Hamilton, a Seattle native and now Southern California resident, will sign and discuss his debut thriller, Past Crimes. Van Shaw is an Army Ranger who reluctantly returns to a home he left ten years ago, thanks to a cryptic message left by his grandfather. However, when he finds his grandfather left for dead, Van becomes Seattle PD’s main suspect. Now Van must return to the criminal underworld his grandfather inhabited, a world he swore off forever, to track down the real shooter. This atmospheric thriller received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and is the first in an exciting new series.

When his estranged grandfather is shot and left for dead, an Army Ranger plunges into the criminal underworld of his youth to find a murderer . . . and uncovers a shocking family secret

From the time he was six years old, Van Shaw was raised by his Irish immigrant grandfather Donovan to be a thief – to boost cars, beat security alarms, crack safes, and burglarize businesses. But at eighteen, Dono's namesake and protégé suddenly broke all ties to that life and the people in it. Van escaped into the military, serving as an elite Army Ranger in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, after ten years of silence, Dono has asked his grandson to come home to Seattle. "Tar abhaile, mas feidir leat" – Come home, if you can.

Taking some well-earned leave, Van heads to the Pacific Northwest, curious and a little unnerved by his grandfather's request. But when he arrives at Dono's house in the early hours of the morning, Van discovers the old thief bleeding out on the floor from a gunshot to the head. The last time the two men had seen each other Dono had also been lying on the floor--with Van pointing a gun at his heart. With a lifetime of tough history between him and the old man, the battle-tested Ranger knows the cops will link him to the crime.

To clear his name and avenge his grandfather, Van must track down the shooter. Odds are strong that Dono knew the person. Was it a greedy accomplice? A disgruntled rival? Diving back into the illicit world he'd sworn to leave behind, Van reconnects with the ruthless felons who knew Dono best. Armed with his military and criminal skills, he follows a dangerous trail of clues that leads him deeper into Dono's life--and closer to uncovering what drove his grandfather to reach out after years of silence. As he plummets back into this violent, high-stakes world where right and wrong aren't defined by the law, Van finds that the past is all too present . . . and that the secrets held by those closest to him are the deadliest of all.

About the Author: A native of Seattle, Glen Erik Hamilton grew up aboard a sailboat, and spent his youth finding trouble around the marinas and commercial docks and islands of the Pacific Northwest. He now lives in California with his family, punctuated by frequent visits to his hometown to soak up the rain.

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

March 9 (Monday, 7:00 pm) — Author Elaine Lindenblatt will speak about her new book Stop at the Red Apple: the Restaurant on Route 17 in the Astor Judaica Library in La Jolla.

Did you ever stop at the Red Apple on your way to the Catskills in the Borscht Belt? Whether you did or did not – this book will give you a glimpse into those bygone days. The restaurant served as a “who’s who” of entertainment luminaries. Stop at the Red Apple is at once an account of growing up in 1950s small-town America, a glimpse into the workings of a successful food operation, and a swan song to a glorious slice of bygone popular culture.

Attendees are encouraged to RSVP. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Susan Hagler at (858) 362-1150 or

Samuel and Rebecca Astor Judaica Library (upstairs) at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, Jacobs Family Campus, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla; (858) 362-1150;

March 9 (Monday, 10:00 to 11:00 am)San Diego State will have journalist and entrepreneur, Sean Bonner will talk about "Sensing the Environment: Going Beyond Citizen Science." Bonner is the co-founder and global director for Safecast (, an electronic sensor project/organization that built the sensors for measuring radiation levels in Japan after the Fukushima disaster a few years ago. Sean will be speaking about the world of electronic sensors for environmental monitoring.

His talk will be held in the Shiley BioScience Center, Gold Auditorium. You can get more specific details on the event at


March 10 (Tuesday, 6:00 to 7:30 pm)Writers Read at Fallbrook Library presents Women in Words, a Celebration of Women’s History Month, 124 S. Mission, Fallbrook, CA. For more information, contact K-B Gressitt at or 760-522-1064, or visit

March 10 (Tuesday, 7:30 pm) — Warwick's is hosting New York Times bestselling author Olen Steinhauer who will present his exciting new book, All the Old Knives. Olen Steinhauer is the author of an Eastern European thriller series including The Bridge of Sighs, 36 Yalta Boulevard, Liberation Movements, and Victory Square. His work has been twice nominated for the Edgar and shortlisted for the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger and the Anthony, the Barry, and the Macavity awards. This event is free and open to the public. Reserved Seating is available. Only books purchased from Warwick's will be signed.

Six years ago in Vienna, terrorists took over a hundred hostages, and the rescue attempt went terribly wrong. The CIA's Vienna station was witness to this tragedy, gathering intel from its sources during those tense hours, assimilating facts from the ground and from an agent on the inside. So when it all went wrong, the question had to be asked: Had their agent been compromised, and how? Two of the CIA's case officers in Vienna, Henry Pelham and Celia Harrison, were lovers at the time, and on the night of the hostage crisis Celia decided she'd had enough. She left the agency, married and had children, and is now living an ordinary life in the idyllic town of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Henry is still a case officer in Vienna, and has traveled to California to see her one more time, to relive the past, maybe, or to put it behind him once and for all.

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

March 11 (Wednesday, 7:30 pm) — Warwick's is hosting author Marlene Wagman-Geller who will present her book Behind Every Great Man: Forgotten Women Behind the World's Most Famous and Infamous spotlighting 40 unsung women, overshadowed by their male counterparts. This collection of 40 short biographies highlights the powerful women who stood behind their men, for better or for worse, and helped steer the course of history.

Wagman-Geller received her BA from York University and her teaching credentials from the University of Toronto and San Diego State University. She currently teaches high school English in National City, California, and lives with her family in San Diego. This event is free and open to the public. Please contact the Warwick's book department at (858) 454-0347 for more information.

Marlene Wagman-Geller is the author of several books, including Once Again to Zelda: The Stories Behind Literature's Most Intriguing Dedications, Eureka!: The Surprising Stories Behind the Ideas That Shaped the World, and And the Rest Is History: The Famous (and Infamous) First Meetings of the World's Most Passionate Lovers. Her books have been reviewed in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and Washington Post.

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

March 11 (Wednesday, 7:00 pm)The San Diego Book Discussion Group is led by Fearless Leader Christine. Participation is open to all readers; readers need not have completed a particular book to attend – it’s the perfect opportunity to branch out and find new favorites! Attendees receive 20% off of the current book club selection! Maryelizabeth’s review notes,

Jennifer excels at stories of people haunted by the past, by regrets, and by their passions, all of which are in play in The Winter People.”

West Hall, Vermont, has been a town of strange disappearances and old legends. The most mysterious is that of Sara Harrison Shea, who, in 1908, was found dead in the field behind her house just months after the tragic death of her daughter.

Now, in present day, nineteen-year-old Ruthie lives in Sara's farmhouse with her mother, Alice, and her younger sister. Alice has always insisted that they live off the grid, a decision that has weighty consequences when Ruthie wakes up one morning to find that Alice has vanished. In her search for clues, she is startled to find a copy of Sara Harrison Shea's diary hidden beneath the floorboards of her mother's bedroom. As Ruthie gets sucked into the historical mystery, she discovers that she's not the only person looking for someone that they've lost. But she may be the only one who can stop history from repeating itself.

About the Author: Jennifer McMahon is the author of six novels, including the "New York Times" bestsellers Island of Lost Girls and Promise Not to Tell. She graduated from Goddard College and studied poetry in the MFA Writing Program at Vermont College. She currently lives with her partner and daughter in Montpelier, Vermont.

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

March 12 (Thursday, 6:00 pm) — Author Lisa See Chyina will talk about her new book, Dolls at the San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., San Diego.

March 13-15 (Friday, 1:30 to Sunday, 4:00 pm) — San Diego’s longest running Science Fiction convention welcomes author Guest of Honor S.M. Stilrling, (The Golden Princess, ) as well as Special Guests Chief Inspector Erasmus Drake and Dr. "Sparky" McTrowell (London, Where it All Began) . ConDor 22 will take place at Fashion Valley’s Town and Country Resort. Find information on other guests and convention specifics on the convention’s website. Look for Mysterious Galaxy in our usual spot in the dealer's room. Please visit the event webpage

March 14 (Saturday, 2:30 pm) — Adventures by the Book is pleased to present a Ladies Literary Tea Adventure featuring bestselling San Diego author and beauty and lifestyle consultant Jan Moran, who will discuss her novel, Scent of Triumph at The Westgate Hotel, 1055 Second Ave., San Diego 92101. This is a ticketed event ($40++ per person) and is open to the public.

About the Event: Afternoon tea at the Westgate is a gracious ceremony where you can relax while indulging in a delightful array of delicious tea sandwiches, sweet pastries, scones and seasonal berries. Your Adventure includes the elegant tea, book discussion, Q&A, author signing, and an opportunity to meet Jan Moran up close and personal in an intimate and luxurious setting.

About the Book and Author: Jan Moran is a bestselling author, beauty and lifestyle expert, media spokesperson and industry consultant, who has been featured in international media, including CNN, Allure, Elle, Vogue, InStyle and Women’s Wear Daily. She is also the founder and creator of Scentsa, the touch screen experiences for fragrance and skincare in Sephora stores, and the author of the Rizzoli bestselling guide to perfumery, Fabulous Fragrances. Her new book, Scent of Triumph, is a spellbinding work of historical fiction, based on the life of French perfumer Danielle Bretancourt, who flees 1939 Poland as the declaration of war threatens her beloved family. As she steps aboard a luxury ocean liner, she leaves her son behind in Poland with his grandmother, and has no idea that her life is about to change forever.

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

March 15 (Sunday, 12:00 noon)As part of our ongoing Weekend with Locals Program we will be hosting Janet Eoff Berend author of Verticle.

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

March 16 (Monday, 7:00 pm)Upstart Crow's Third Monday of the Month Book Club March Selection: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. Book Club members receive 25% off the selected book of the month.

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

March 17 (Tuesday, 7:00 pm until it ends)Thirty-Sixth Annual St. Patrick's Day Open Reading of Irish Poetry and Prose. Members of the public are invited to read  selections from James Joyce, William Butler Yeats, Samuel Beckett, Oscar Fingal O'Flaherty Wills Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, Sean O'Casey, Edmund Burke, etc., at D.G. Wills Books, 7461 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, (858) 456-1800, Messrs. Guinness and Harp will officiate the proceedings.

March 17 (Tuesday, 7:30 pm) —  Join us for the Launch Party of Gail Carriger’s new novel, Prudence in San Diego. In her Parasol Protectorate novels, Carriger proved herself a master storyteller of steampunk, fantasy, and romance. Her new Custard Protocol series is no exception. Prudence follows the vibrant Alessandra Maccon Akeldama ("Rue" to her friends) as she travels to India in her new dirigible (delightfully christened the “Spotted Custard”). Readers will be pleased to see the return of some familiar faces as well as an exciting cast of new ones in Carriger’s latest steampunk adventure. 

When Prudence Alessandra Maccon Akeldama ("Rue" to her friends) is bequeathed an unexpected dirigible, she does what any sensible female under similar circumstances would do – she christens it the Spotted Custard and floats off to India. Soon, she stumbles upon a plot involving local dissidents, a kidnapped brigadier's wife, and some awfully familiar Scottish werewolves. Faced with a dire crisis (and an embarrassing lack of bloomers), Rue must rely on her good breeding – and her metanatural abilities – to get to the bottom of it all...

About the Author: New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger writes to cope with being raised in obscurity by an expatriate Brit and an incurable curmudgeon. She escaped small town life and inadvertently acquired several degrees in Higher Learning. Ms. Carriger then traveled the historic cities of Europe, subsisting entirely on biscuits secreted in her handbag. She resides in the Colonies, surrounded by fantastic shoes, where she insists on tea imported from London.

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

March 18 (Wednesday, 7:30 pm) —Warwick's is hosting author Matt Kepnes (aka "Nomadic Matt") who will present his new book How to Travel the World on $50 a Day: Revised: Travel Cheaper, Longer, Smarter. After a trip to Thailand in 2005 inspired him to travel more, Matt quit his job and set off around the world. More than six years later, he is still exploring new lands and helping others do the same.

This event is free and open to the public. Reserved Seating is available. Only books purchased from Warwick's will be signed. Please call the Warwick's Book Dept. (858) 454-0347 for details.

For more than half a decade, Matt Kepnes (aka Nomadic Matt) has been showing readers of his enormously popular travel blog that traveling isn't expensive and that it's affordable to all. He proves that as long as you think out of the box and travel like locals, your trip doesn't have to break your bank, nor do you need to give up luxury.

How to Travel the World on $50 a Day reveals Nomadic Matt's tips, tricks, and secrets to comfortable budget travel based on his experience traveling the world without giving up the sushi meals and comfortable beds he enjoys. Offering a blend of advice ranging from travel hacking to smart banking, you'll learn how to:

* Avoid paying bank fees anywhere in the world

* Earn thousands of free frequent flyer points

* Find discount travel cards that can save on hostels, tours, and transportation

* Get cheap (or free) plane tickets

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

March 18 (Wednesday, 7:30 pm)J.A. Jance is the New York Times bestselling author of the J.P. Beaumont series, the Joanna Brady series, the Walker family series, and the Ali Reynolds series. Join us to meet the author Kirkus Reviews has praised for her “inimitable, take-no-prisoners style.” She’ll sign and discuss her latest title in the Ali Reynolds series, Cold Betrayal, featuring 40-something former newscaster Ali Reynolds. Ali was hoping married life would allow her to relax, but not only does she end up helping her friend, Sister Anselm, with a pregnant teen who escaped from a cult, but she also agrees to look into a more personal investigation involving threats to her daughter-in-law’s elderly grandmother. Please note that this is a numbered event. Numbers for the signing line are free with the purchase of Cold Betrayal from Mysterious Galaxy which will be available March 10.

This is a numbered event – numbers for the signing line are free with the purchase of Cold Betrayal from Mysterious Galaxy, available March 10th.

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.   

Revenge isn't the only dish served cold... Ali Reynolds's longtime friend and Taser-carrying nun, Sister Anselm, rushes to the bedside of a young pregnant woman hospitalized for severe injuries after she was hit by a car on a deserted Arizona highway. The girl had been running away from The Family, a polygamous cult with no patience for those who try to leave its ranks. Something about her strikes a chord in Sister Anselm, reminding her of a case she worked years before when another young girl wasn't so lucky.

Meanwhile, married life agrees with Ali. But any hopes that she and her husband, B. Simpson, will finally slow down and relax now that they've tied the knot are dashed when Ali's new daughter-in-law approaches her, desperate for help. The girl's grandmother, Betsy, is in danger: she's been receiving anonymous threats, and someone even broke into her home and turned on the gas burners in the middle of the night. But the local police think the elderly woman's just not as sharp as she used to be. While Ali struggles to find a way to protect Betsy before it's too late, Sister Anselm needs her help as well, and the two race the clock to uncover the secrets that The Family has hidden for so long--before someone comes back to bury them forever.

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

March 18 (Wednesday, 7:00 pm)Upstart Crow"s Poetry & Open Mic night Third Wednesday of the Month. The New Alchemy Poetry Series, hosted by Seretta Martin & Fred Longworth, will feature Guest Poet Reg. E. Haines. Come and participate in the discussion. Each meeting also features an open mic segment.

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

March 20 (Friday, 5:00 to 9:00 pm) — Art, book signings and refreshments. Going Native: Oil Paintings by Vanessa Russzyk. Meet the artist and the Sunbelt Publications authors at O'Dunn Fine Art, 8325 La Mesa Blvd, La Mesa. (619) 337-8342.

March 21 (Saturday, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm)Book Signing with Children's Author Elaine Pease who will be stopping by Upstart Crow  to sign her two picture books, Even Sharks Need Friends, I'll Never Leave, and her middle grade novel, Ghost Over Boulder Creek.

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

March 21 (Saturday, 7:00 pm) — Poetry & Art  presents New York poet Joseph Fasano who will read from his new book Inheritance, nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and the James Laughlin Award at D.G.Wills Books, 7461 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, 858-456-1800,

Joseph Fasano was born and raised in New York State’s Hudson River Valley. He earned a BA in philosophy from Harvard University in 2005 and an MFA from Columbia University in 2008. His poems have appeared in The Yale Review, The Times Literary Supplement, Tin House, FIELD, The Southern Review, and Boston Review, among other journals.  His poem “Mahler in New York” won the 2008 RATTLE Poetry Prize, and he has been a finalist for the Missouri Review Editors’ Prize, the Times Literary Supplement Poetry Competition, the Kinereth Gensler Award from Alice James Books, and the Autumn House Press Poetry Prize. He has also been a semifinalist for the “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Contest and the Mid-American Review James Wright Poetry Award, as well as a Pushcart Prize nominee. Joseph Fasano has taught at SUNY Purchase, and currently teaches literature and writing at Manhattanville College and Columbia University.

March 21 (Saturday, 3:30 pm)Local Author (And Geisel Award Winner) Lee Silber will share the great lengths he went to research and write his 21st book, The Homeless Hero. (If you guessed he lived on the streets of San Diego to find out what that life was like, you are right.) The event is free and open to the public at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore.

March 22 (Sunday, 12:00 noon)As part of our ongoing Weekend with Locals Program we will be hosting Lesia Cartelli author of Citadel of Fire.

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


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March 17 (Tuesday, 12:00 noon) — Adventures by the Book, is pleased to offer the launch of the exciting new AuthorPreneurs Lunch Series, featuring award-winning San Diego author and radio/TV personality Kathi Diamant, who will present a discussion on Perfecting Your 30 Second Elevator Pitch (and other interview and presentation tips) at Cafe Merlot, 13330 Paseo Del Verano Norte, San Diego 92128. This is a ticketed event open ONLY to published authors, emerging authors, and serious writers ($35 per person, includes Lunch).

About the Event: The Lunch Series for Authors is an exciting and innovative new program never before available in San Diego, and part of AuthorPreneurs which was launched last year by Adventures by the Book founder Susan McBeth. Originally designed to provide workshops to assist authors in marketing their books, it quickly became clear that the need was much greater. Seasoned authors and serious writers yearn for opportunities to network, learn, engage, support, and contribute in their own community. AuthorPreneurs will do just that, by featuring monthly dinners and guest speakers, networking opportunities, continuing education workshops, and much more. The goal is to create an all-inclusive author community in SoCal. Our vision for authors aligns with ROC’s vision for entpreneurs: providing stimulating opportunities for innovation, inspiration, and collaboration.

About the Book and Author:  Diamant’s vast experience as an actress and on-air media personality has taught her how to best position herself in the limelight. Now she will share those invaluable tips that can help writers finesse their 30-second elevator pitch, a crucial component of book marketing.

March 19 (Thursday, 6:00 pm)Honor San Diego's Most and Least Transparent Public Agencies by celebrating San Diego's best and worst when it comes to public access.

The Wall Award will go to the public official or agency that made it hardest for journalists to do their jobs in 2014, ignoring requests or otherwise compromising the public's right to know. The Window Award will go to the public official or agency that most prioritized transparency and the public's right to know in 2014.

Where: Bamboo Lounge, 1475 University Avenue, San Diego.

March 23 (Monday, 6:00 pm)At the 4th Monday meeting of the San Diego Writers/Editors Guild, the speaker will be Editor Hutton Marshall who will speak on The Writer, the Reader and Social Media in 2015. He is the editor of the San Diego Community News Network which now includes Uptown, Downtown News, Gay-Lesbian Times, La Mesa Courier, Mission Valley news, and a few others.

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March 24 (Tuesday, 7:00 pm) — Go, Be, Write Discussion with Author Cathy Scott who is a non-fiction Los Angeles Timesbestselling author and who has written about rappers Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls and ghostwriting former drug kingpin Freeway Rick Ross’s autobiography. Cathy will talk about indie versus traditional publishing, the pros and cons of both, and using social media to not only get out the word about a book after it’s released, but also branding yourself and giving you a wider reach as an author to help land an agent, publisher, book reviews, interviews and, most of all, readers. Feel free to ask her questions about anything to do with the publishing industry. This event is open to the public, but please RSVP.

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

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BOOK OF THE WEEK: DRIVEN: When Obstacles Take Center Stage by Magetta Chantiloupe.

DRIVEN is about betrayal, deception, abuse, infidelity and abandonment. Driven can be a panacea on how to overcome extreme difficulties by determination, the will to overcome and desire to succeed. Driven tells how she fought to keep her family of five off the government's payroll by having four jobs, each feeding off each other enabling her to go from poverty to become a successful entrepreneur. It tells how having the right mind-set she built a cohesive and loving family in spite of the many obstructions and how will power, faith, hope and positive thinking enabled her to overcome difficulties. Driven tells how she won her custody battle for almost a decade,refusing to give up until she won. Her children, having seen her success in her career and child rearing, emulated her not only in their education and careers, but as successful parents as well. One daughter said, “Mom! When I grow up I want to be just like you.” The other said “I hope I will be as good a mother as you.” And they certainly are.

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