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May 3 Sunday, 12:00 noon)Weekends with Locals: Barbara Summers & Carey Blakely who will talk about their book, Next!: A Matchmaker's Guide to Finding Mr. Right, Ditching Mr. Wrong, and Everything in Between.

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

May 5 (Tuesday, 6:45 to 8:30 pm)Open Shakespeare Readings Presented by The San Diego Shakespeare Society on the first Tuesday of the Month. This month the reading is on King Lear (Continued) with Charlie Riendeau directing.

The San Diego Shakespeare Readings are free and open to the public. Anyone can join in the reading or just come along to listen. Parts are re-assigned before each scene so everyone who wants to can read.

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

May 5 (Tuesday, 7:00 pm)May Authors at the Astor – Even in Darkness: a novel by Barbara Stark-Nemon.

Author Barbara Stark-Nemon will speak about her new book in the Astor Judaica Library at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center (JCC) 4126 Executive Drive in La Jolla.

Spanning a century and three continents, this book tells the story of the dutiful daughter of a prosperous German-Jewish family who hardly anticipates the often-harrowing life she faces as an adult – a sage of family, a lover, two world wars, a concentration camp and the unconventional life she builds in post-war Germany. As the world changes around her, she makes boundary-crossing choices in order to protect the people she loves –and to save herself. Book purchase and signing follow the program.

Price: $10.00; JCC Member Price - $8.00. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Susan Hagler at (858) 362-1150 or or go to

May 6 (Wednesday, 4:30 pm) Mary Robinette Kowal signs Of Noble Family and Marie Brennan signs Voyage of the Basilisk.

Jane and Vincent have finally gotten some much-needed rest after their adventures in Italy when Vincent receives word that his estranged father has passed away on one of his properties in the West Indies. His brother, who manages the estate, is overwhelmed, and no one else in his family can go. Grudgingly, out of filial duty the couple decides to go. The sea voyage is long and Jane spends enough time unable to perform glamour that towards the end of the trip she discovers that she is with child. They are overjoyed, but when they finally arrive at the estate to complete what they expect to be routine legal tasks, they realize that nearly everything they came expecting to find had been a lie. Also, the entire estate is in disarray, with horrifying conditions and tensions with the local slave population so high that they are close to revolt. Jane and Vincent's sense of peril is screaming out for them to flee, but Vincent cannot stand to leave an estate connected with his family in such a condition. They have survived many grand and terrifying adventures in their time, but this one will test their skills and wits more than any they have ever encountered before, this time with a new life hanging in the balance.

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

May 6 (Wednesday, 11:30 am)The Brandelis National Committee's San Diego Chapter will host its annua Book and Author Luncheon, featuring Alan Russell, Guardians of the Night; Alline Ohaneslan, Orhan's Inheritance; and Taffy Cannon, Blood Matters, at Sheraton Carlsbad Resort, 5580 Grand Pacific Drive, Carlsbad.

May 7 (Thursday, 7:00 pm)George Galdorisi will present his new book, Tom Clancy's Op-Center: Into the Fire, at Barnes & Noble, 5500 Gossmont Center Drive, La Mesa.

May 8 (Friday, 7:00 pm)Lester Tenney will present his new book, My Hitch in Hel, at the American Legion San Dieguito Post 416 at 210 West F Street, Encinitas.

May 9 (Saturday, 1:00 pm)Gina DelLapa will present her new book, Stuff You Already Know and Every College Student Should, at Barnes & Noble, 5500 Gossmont Center Drive, La Mesa.

May 9 (Saturday, 2:00-4:00 pm) — Embracing Family: For much of his life, Raymond M. Wong pretended he wasn't Chinese. He didn't speak his native language, Cantonese. He didn't date Asian women, and he pushed away his mom because she mirrored a culture he wanted no part of. In 1996, he went back to Hong Kong for the first time since the age of five. He met a father and family he didn't know, and in the process, he found healing and forgiveness. His memoir, I'm Not Chinese: The Journey from Resentment to Reverence is about learning to embrace one’s past.

San Diego Chinese Historical Museum, 404 3rd Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101. (619) 338-9888. E-mail:  Site:

May 9 (Saturday, 1:00 pm)Mysterious Galaxy 22nd Birthday Bash Celebration. On Saturday, May 8, 1993, a new store opened in Clairemont Square, dedicated to the staff’s passion for books of “Martians, Murder, Magic and Mayhem.” Today, more than twenty years later, that passion continues. We invite you to join us for our annual all-day celebration, featuring some fantastic spotlight authors, special bargains, and, of course, cake!

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

May 9 (Saturday, 3:00 pm) Greg O’Brien, will be at Unicorn Books and Gifts for a speaking engagement and book signing.

Greg O’Brien was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease (EOAD) in 2009 at the age of 59.  He was also caregiver for his mother who passed away with Alzheimer’s.  Acting on long-term memory and skill, coupled with well-developed journalistic grit, Greg decided to tackle his disease and imminent decline by writing frankly about this journey, which he likens to a trip out to Pluto “where no one can see you or hear what is said.” 

Drawing on his cognitive reserve, he is reporting back as he journeys further into that void, in his memoir, ON PLUTO: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s is written with faith and humor, and is an illuminating, naked, and honest account of living with Alzheimer’s, not dying with it.  Greg has an outstanding ability to communicate the patient perspective of living with this condition, the symptom burden, longitudinal course of the disease, impact on family, etc.  I believe this book provide invaluable information to help family, caregivers, healthcare professionals, as well as industry clinical development teams to  “get an inside glimpse” of living with this condition and thus better understand and help patients living with this condition.

He single handedly is trying to put a face to the dreaded Alzheimer’s disease. And he is getting noticed. After a short, six months, and with more than 120 interviews and speaking engagements, his book is going into its third printing, and Greg O’Brien is being called the voice of Alzheimer’s for the Baby Boomer generation.

Greg has been nominated by the National Alzheimer’s Association to become a part of its National Early-Stage Advisory Group of important individuals living in the early stage of Alzheimer’s or other dementias who bring a unique perspective to key efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. 

Unicorn Books and Gifts, 738 Main Street, Ramona; or call 760-788-3700.

May 9 (Saturday, 7:00 pm)Berkeley poet David Shaddock will read from his new book Vernal Pool; and San Diego poet Steve Kowit will read from his new book Cherish: New and Selected Poems at D.G. Wills Books, 7461 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, 858-456-1800,

David Shaddock’s poems have appeared in such journals as Tikkun and Mother Jones. His other books include In This Place Where Something’s Missing Lives, with an afterword by Rabbi Arthur Waskow; and Dreams Are Another Set of Muscles, with an introduction by Denise Levertov. His play In A Company of Seekers was performed at the 2012 Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy. He holds a PhD in psychoanalytic research from Middlesex University, London, and is also the author of two nonfiction books on relationships and couples therapy. He maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Oakland and lives with his family in Berkeley.

Steve Kowit is the Poet Laureate of San Diego. His many books include Crossing Borders; Lurid Confessions; The Dumbbell Nebula; In the Palm of Your Hand: The Poet’s Portable Workshop; The First Noble Truth; and The Maverick Poets.

May 9 (Saturday, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm)The Good Earth Great Chefs Series is excited to host chef, restaurateur, and author April Bloomfield and her eagerly awaited cookbook, A Girl And Her Greens; Hearty Meals from the Garden. A Girl And Her Greens reflects the lighter side of the renowned chef whose name is nearly synonymous with nose-to-tail eating. Written in her appealing, down-to-earth style, this cookbook features lively illustrations, insightful sidebars and tips, and a charming narrative that reveals her sources of inspiration.

In recipes such as Pot Roasted Romanesco Broccoli, Onions with Sage Pesto, and Carrots with Spices, Yogurt, and Orange Blossom Water, April Bloomfield demonstrates the basic principle of her method: that unforgettable food comes out of simple, honest ingredients, attention to detail, and a love for the sensual pleasures of cooking and eating.

As April Bloomfield has said: “One of the loveliest things about vegetables is their ability to evoke a particular season or a place. Meat and seafood can do this, too—there's spring lamb, soft shell crabs, and shad roe—but nothing like how a heap of ramps at the farmer's market announces spring's arrival or how endless punnets of tomatoes on a table at a farm stand signal late summer.”

Outdoors, rain or shine. Free at Chino Farm, 6123 Calzada del Bosque, Rancho Santa Fe. | | Twitter @goodearthseries.

May 9 (Saturday, 7:00 pm)Noted local author, U-T columnist, and speaker, Richard Lederer, will be at the Coronado Playhouse with his one-man show, The Lighter Side of Language. For additional information, call (619) 435-4856.

May 11 (Monday, 7:00 pm)Remembering Mama: Celebrating Jewish Mothers

A post-Mother’s Day celebration in the Astor Judaica Library at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center (JCC) 4126 Executive Drive in La Jolla. Jewish stories of Jewish mothers come to life during this literary event featuring actors Walter Ritter, Veronica Murphy, and others.

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

Price: $15, JCC Member Price: $12. For tickets, please contact the JCC Box Office (858) 362-1348 or visit the box office website

May 12 (Tuesday, 7:00 pm) — May Jewish Poets – Jewish Poets - Jewish Voices will continue in the Astor Judaica Library at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center (JCC) 4126 Executive Drive in La Jolla.

From Generation to Generation will feature the poetry of three community members. The poetry of Valerie Weiss will be read by her mother, the actress Bryna Weiss. Lawyer Suzi Finklestein will read the poetry of her daughter, Jaime Lynn Finklestein. Violinist Eileen Wingard will read her daughter Harriet Wingard’s poetry.

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

May 12 (Tuesday, 6:30 pm)Adventures by the Book, in support of the Tierrasanta Village of San Diego (TVSD) is pleased to present a “Tierrasanta Talks” Adventure, featuring legendary San Diego sportscaster and author Bob Chandler in the Community Room, SDA Church, 11260 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego 92124. Event is ticketed at $10 per person (includes donation to TVSD) and is open to the public. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.

About the Event:  Adventures by the Book is pleased to continue its exciting new program, “Tierrasanta Talks.” Similar in concept to the enormously popular TED Talks, our May program features San Diego’s senior sportscaster and author Bob Chandler, who will share stories about Tony Gwynn, Randy Jones, Tim Flannery, Ken Caminiti, and many others who he has known since he began covering the San Diego sports scene in 1963.

About the Author: Bob Chandler joined the legendary Jerry Coleman as the TV/radio broadcasters for the San Diego Padres in 1972. Associated with the Padres from 1970-2003, he likely knows more than almost anyone when it comes to San Diego baseball.

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

May 13 (Wednesday, 4:00 pm)San Diego Book Discussion Group discussion focuses on Grady Hendrix's Horrorstor. 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 for readers to branch out and find new favorites! Attendees receive 20% off of the current book club selection!

Description: Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland, Ohio. Every morning, employees arrive to find broken Kjerring bookshelves, shattered Glans water goblets, and smashed Liripip wardrobes. Sales are down, security cameras reveal nothing, and store managers are panicking.

To unravel the mystery, three employees volunteer to work a nine-hour dusk-till-dawn shift. In the dead of the night, they'll patrol the empty showroom floor, investigate strange sights and sounds, and encounter horrors that defy the imagination.

About the Author: Grady Hendrix is a writer and journalist and one of the founders of the New York Asian Film Festival. A former film critic for the "New York Sunday," Grady has written for "Slate," the "Village Voice," "Time Out New York," "Playboy," and "Variety."

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

May 14, 2015 (Thursday, 5-9 PM) — Mark your calendars and join us at the O'Dunn Fine Art to celebrate Balboa Park with a multi-artist show and author exposition featuring local Sunbelt authors! Brad Bruce, a professional wine procurer, will be pouring some high end tastings for the event – come for the event, for the paintings, for the books! This event is free to the public.

Sunbelt Authors to be featured: Tom Hom, Tom Hom: Rabbit on a Bumpy Road - Tom Hom is a pioneer who in 1963 made San Diego history by becoming the first minority ever elected to the San Diego City Council. Later, this Chinese-American won a seat to the California State Assembly. Among his many contributions, he helped transform San Diego’s skid row into the vibrant Gaslamp Quarter Historic District and led efforts to establish the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum. Today, Tom continues to be an influential civic, business and community leader, and an inspiration to every generation.

Iris Engstrand, San Diego California's Cornerstone - Iris Engstrand is Professor of History at the University of San Diego. The author of 18 books, papers, and monographs on southern California and Baja California history, Dr. Engstrand is recognized as the foremost authority on the history of San Diego.

Patrick L. Abbott, The Rise and Fall of San Diego - Patrick L. Abbott is professor emeritus of geology at San Diego State University. Over 60 articles in various publications and more than 20 published books have given him a deserved reputation as a prolific author and a recognized authority on the geology of San Diego County. He is a popular lecturer and field-trip guide who is frequently called upon by the media to interpret geological phenomena to San Diego residents.

Linda Pequegnat, This Day in San Diego History - Linda Pequegnat is a retired research scientist in the field of Marine Biology who got her Masters from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. This book is her first endeavor in historical research about her favorite places in San Diego. Born in Indiana, she moved to San Diego in 1954, and now enjoys living in La Jolla.

O’Dunn Fine Art, 8325 La Mesa Boulevard La Mesa 91942 |

May 17 (Sunday, 9;30 am to 3:30 pm)Registration for Books Are Better Shared (BABS) is Now Open!

Our second Books Are Better Shared (BABS) event will take place at the Norman P. Murray Community Center in Mission Viejo. Sharing the love of books and conversation is the goal again this year. For additional information go to

May 17 (Sunday, 1:30 pm)Carolyn Jaynes, M.A., 5 Star Rated Amazon Author presents… SIGNS OF LIFE AFTER DEATH – A Class Presentation. Have you ever wondered if a deceased loved one was contacting you? This engaging class will uplift and inspire you to see the signs that are meant to comfort you. Learn what to watch for and how to raise your awareness to perceive them.

Carolyn Jaynes, M.A. shares her remarkable experiences from her book, Sprinkles from Heaven, 5-star rated book on Learn what other people are experiencing and share your own personal stories with like-minded spiritual seekers. This open dialogue confirms what many people are experiencing in a safe, supportive, confidential classroom.

Seaside Center for Spiritual Living: 1613 Lake Drive, Encinitas, CA. Register in the lobby. $20. Emerson Room. 760-753-5786. Highway 5 to Birmingham exit, east to Lake Drive.


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

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May 3 (Sunday, 9:00 am)The Writers Coffeehouse with Jonathan Maberry 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.

May 6 thru 8The 5th annual Nonfiction Writers Conference. Register now at:

Fifteen expert speakers over 3 days. All sessions are delivered via teleseminar, and recordings and transcripts are available depending on the access pass you choose. Several of the conference speakers, including Dan Poynter, Dana Lynn Smith, and Stephanie Chandler. Check Out The Amazing Speaker Line-up on the website!

When you register for NFWC 2015, you will receive a special bonus download: “Book Marketing Action Plan Template,” which is a pre-formatted Excel spreadsheet that includes the following tabs: marketing plan questions, tabs to track your tactics for your website, social media, online and offline, a list of book awards programs, and tabs to track your accomplishments and contacts. This is a power tool for authors!

May 7 (Thursday, at 6:30 pm) — Adventures by the BookTM is pleased to offer the next in its exciting new AuthorPreneursTM Monthly Series, with Lucky 13 Strategies founder and author Lilly Ghahremani, as she provides tips on marketing must-haves for authors at Hera Hub, 4010 Sorrento Valley Blvd., #400, San Diego, CA 92121. This is a ticketed event open to published authors, emerging authors, and serious writers ($25 per person includes light dinner and event).

About the Event: The monthly series for authors is an exciting and innovative new program never before available in San Diego, and part of AuthorPreneursTM 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. AuthorPreneursTM will do just that, by featuring monthly events 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 our vision for entrepreneurs: providing stimulating opportunities for innovation, inspiration, and collaboration.

About the Speaker:  Lilly Ghahremani is the founder of Lucky 13 Strategies,  a marketing and communications strategy consultancy focused on the needs of startups, small businesses, and authors. Previously a co-founder of Full Circle Literary, she combines marketing expertise with unique insight into the realities faced by published authors and the strategies that help them stand above the crowd.

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

May 16 (Saturday, 9:00 to 3:30 PM) — Blogging Strategies for Authors Sponsored by eFrog Press, Hera Hub, Carlsbad, Avenida Encinas, Suite A.

You know you should be blogging but how can you write regular blog posts and still have time to write your book or run your business? The key is being strategic! Learn just enough about Search Engine Optimization (SEO) to focus your posts on your target audience—people who would love to discover your book or business! Veteran bloggers will share their hard-learned strategies to blog with purpose and promote effectively. This hands-on workshop is open to entrepreneurs and authors (even aspiring authors!).

Because this is a hands-on workshop, you will leave with a list of topics, a publishing calendar, creative headlines, at least one finished post and a strategy for getting your posts found!

Lunch Included: Enjoy a healthy, delicious lunch while networking with other writers. Registration Fee: $235 Early Bird: $195 (expires May 5 code: EarlyBird)

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The Tempting: Seducing The Nephilim, by D.M. Pratt (BroadLit, Sherman Oaks, CA, 2015, 345 pages). Book Review by Dennis Moore

The children of the supernatural beings who had married these women became famous heroes and warriors. They were called Nephilim and lived on the earth at that time and even later.

This gripping and riveting work of fiction by renowned author D.M. Pratt, The Tempting: Seducing The Nephilim, has the tone and theme of this well-written book set in the dedication of the book, as the author states: “And to all the women who have been taught to want the happily-ever-after dream, but courageous enough to face reality and still be willing to fight for true love”, and in the very first paragraph in the first chapter, when she states; “That dance led to the greatest seduction she had ever experienced in her life and ended with an orgasm so intense she was told she arched back and hit her head hard enough to give herself a concussion – which left her unconscious and in coma for over a year.” Pratt actually admits jokingly and with a smile, in a YouTube video: “There is a lot of sex in this story, I guess I have to get myself a boyfriend!

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