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November 2 (Sunday, 2:00 pm) — Adventures by the Book, in partnership with the Carlsbad Dove Library, is pleased to present a fun Lisette’s ListLibrary Adventure with New York Times bestselling author Susan Vreeland, as she discusses her new book, Lisette’s List at the Carlsbad City Library, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad 92011. This event is free and open to the public, and includes a brief presentation by Susan McBeth and Mark Anderson regarding a September 2015 Adventure by the Book travel excursion with Susan Vreeland to Paris and Provence.

About the Event: Join Susan Vreeland as she discusses her new book, Lisette’s List, inspired by a brief visit she made to the Provencal village of Roussillon on a trip across the south of France. Inspired by the ochre hues of the village, Susan fell in love and vowed to return, which did, thru her book. Now you can follow in the footsteps of Susan Vreeland on this journey, whether you do so figuratively thru her book, or literally on the travel Adventure by the Book.

About the Author: Susan Vreeland is the internationally-renowned author of art-related historical fiction. She returns this summer with “three artists, three generations, three wars, eight paintings, one of the most beautiful villages in France, a woman, and the men who surround her, a heartache, a vow, a mystery, a search, and a list.”

Lisette’s List takes place in Roussillon, in Provence, the south of France. Pascal, a former miner of ochres, finds his life purpose in providing ochre pigments to painters in Paris, and makes frames in exchange for paintings. His grandson André hides Pascal’s collection just before he leaves to fight in World War II, while André’s wife, Lisette, whose deepest yearning is to participate in the art world of Paris, must remain in Roussillon to retrieve the paintings.

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

November 4 (Tuesday, 6:45 to 8.30 pm) — San Diego Shakespeare Society’s Open Shakespeare Readings of Richard III. All welcome. Read or listen. Every first Tuesday of the month.

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

November 6 (Thursday, 6:00 pm) — Unicorn Books and Gifts will be hosting a book signing to present local Ramona author, Timothy Daniels second novel, An Ongoing Investigation.

About the Book: It's winter in San Diego, and U.S. Customs Special Agent Jimmy Maxwell is working hard at Operation Alliance, a border narcotics task force trying to stem the flow of narcotics being smuggled into the U.S. from Mexico. During one of his investigations, an attempt is made on his life, followed by a handful of other attempts over the course of the next several months. As Jimmy fights to stay in San Diego against the wishes of management, who want him moved for his own safety and that of his co-workers, Jimmy's love interest, Margie Gray, begins showing signs of stress. She's not only worried about Jimmy's safety, but that she will likely be transferred to Washington, D.C. As tensions mount, Jimmy struggles with his choices, even as the ongoing investigation finally comes to a head. There's trouble brewing in San Diego!

About the Author: Timothy Daniels spent a good portion of his career working as a U.S. Customs (later U.S. ICE) special agent assigned to Operation Alliance in San Diego. He was a supervisor of a group of special agents conducting border narcotics investigations. “There are a plethora of stories available, as there are several thousand cases worked each year by the Customs Service, DEA, and local police detectives assigned to the Operation Alliance office.” He grew up in rural Washington State, retired in 2009, and lives in San Diego. This book is a sequel to his first novel, A Target Rich Environment.

About Unicorn Books and Gifts: Located at 738 Main Street, Unicorn Books and Gifts is Ramona's only bookstore. In business since 2011, the independent bookstore is locally owned and operated by business partners Stacy Bart and Julia Dammeir. Unicorn Books and Gifts sells both new and used books, gifts, jewelry, crystals, candles, local fine artists works and pottery and carries a large selection of new age items. The shop regularly hosts events for book lovers along with a regular schedule of tarot card readers and psychics. More information can be found at or contact: Stacy Bart or Julia Dammeir,; Tel. 760-788-3700.

November 7 (Friday, 12:00 noon) — Adventures by the Book is pleased to present a Fig Orchard Mediterranean Lunch Adventure featuring 2014 San Diego Book Award winning author Layla Fiske, who will discuss and sign her book, The Fig Orchard at Aladdin Restaurant Hillcrest, 3900 Vermont St., San Diego 92103. This is a ticketed event open to the public ($35 per person, add $15 for signed book).

About the Event: Event includes authentic Mediterranean lunch, beverage, tax, gratuity, book discussion, Q&A, signing, and the opportunity to meet the author up close and personal in an intimate and authentic setting.

About the Book and Author: In an isolated tradition-bound village high above the Jordan River, debut author Layla Fiske introduces fifteen year old Nisrina Huniah as she is about to be married to a man she has never met. Although she quickly falls in love with him, her joy is short-lived when the encroaching World War fiercely shatters her reality, propelling her on an unexpected journey. Inspired by her own grandmother’s story, Layla brings to life a story of hope and redemption set against the backdrop of life in early twentieth century Middle East. Her first novel recently won the coveted San Diego Geisel (Best of the Beset) Book Award, as well as a Silver Award in the Benjamin Franklin Awards for Historical Fiction.

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

November 8 (Saturday) — Bette Pegas will do a talk and slide presentation of her book Chasing a Dream in the Galapagos, for the American Association of University Women. This event has limited seating. Please contact Norma Sibbet at for details.

Sunbelt Publications Inc, 1256 Fayette Street, El Cajon; (619) 258-4911;

November 8 (Saturday, 7:00 pm) — Jazz Avenue: Join us for an evening of Jazz infused with latin, funk, and rock.

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

November 8 (Saturday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm) — The Veteran's Benefit Book Fair. Meet Hank Steinberg – Creator and Producer of the TV shows The Last Ship and Without a Trace. Also meet top authors Iris Johansen, Catherine Coulter, James Rollins, Dale Brown, Ted Bell, Grant Blackwood, T. Jefferson Parker, and Andrew Kaplan at the Military Book Fair at the USS Midway Museum, downtown San Diego.

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November 8-16) — The 20th Annual San Diego Jewish Book Fair. For additional information, go to:

November 15 (Saturday, 7:00 pm) — Poet Malachi Black will read from his new book Storm Toward Morning at D.G.Wills Books, 7461 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, 858-456-1800,

Malachi Black is Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of San Diego; and former Creative Writing Fellow at Emory University. His poems have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, Boston Review, AGNI, Narrative, The Southern Review, Southwest Review, Discoveries: New Writing from The Iowa Review, Before the Door of God: An Anthology of Devotional Poetry and The Poet’s Quest for God. The recipient of a 2009 Ruth Lilly Fellowship, Black has since been granted fellowships and awards from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the MacDowell Colony, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the University of Texas at Austin’s Michener Center for Writers, the University of Utah, and Yaddo. He was also the featured subject of an Emerging Poet profile by Mark Jarman in the Academy of American Poets’ American Poet magazine, and his work has several times been set to music and otherwise featured in exhibitions both in the U.S. and abroad.

November 16 (Sunday, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm) — The Good Earth / Great Chefs series is excited to present Sean Brock and his long-awaited debut cookbook, Heritage. Join us for a festive autumn afternoon at the farm, with Chef Brock telling stories and signing books, food samples inspired by his unique brand of Southern cuisine, and music from Prairie Sky. We will also have many new items for sale at our Pop-Up Pantry, so this is a perfect opportunity for one-of-a-kind holiday shopping, and as Sean Brock says, “He who dies with the biggest pantry wins.” And we agree. Outdoors, rain or shine. Free

Sean Brock — “the most conspicuously gifted American chef of his generation” (Time) — is the James Beard Award-winning chef of Husk and McCrady’s in Charleston and of Husk Nashville. He is passionate about Southern food and culture, and his much-anticipated first cookbook, Heritage, reveals how he is transforming American flavors by exploring our culinary roots. Dubbed the “fresh prince” by Jeffrey Steingarten of Vogue, he wears the proof tattooed on his arms — carefully inked replicas of heirloom varietals. And like the other chefs from the series, Brock lets the vegetables speak for themselves.

Each chapter begins with the deliciously accessible comfort food he cooks at home (Chicken Simply Roasted in a Skillet, Hoppin’ John, Chocolate Alabama Stack Cake) and builds toward the recipes that have made him a magnet for the global spotlight (Roasted Cauliflower with Meyer Lemon and Pickled Ramps; Beer Battered Soft-Shell Crabs with Spring Vegetables, Benne, and Soft Fried Egg; Flounder Crudo with Rhubarb, Buttermilk, Radishes, and Sea Beans). His TV resume includes episodes of Top Chef, Iron Chef, and the second season of the Emmy-nominated PBS series Mind of a Chef.

Chino Farm, 6123 Calzada del Bosque, Rancho Santa Fe.; (619) 889-2271.


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

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November 8 (Saturday, 3:00 to 5:30 pm) — Asian American Journalists Association will host an event for aspiring broadcast journalists at 10 News, 4600 Air Way, San Diego. Reporters and anchors from four local news outlets will participate.

Email to RSVP. The event costs $10 for those who sign up in advance and $15 at the door.

November 13 (Thursday, 6:00 – 8:00 pm) — Free Marketing Talk by Linda Meckler, author, public speaker, publisher, at Rancho San Diego Library, 11555 Via Rancho San Diego.

If you are a writer, author this is the talk you do not want to miss. Lots of information and its free. Come and bring friends. This is the time of the writer. You can publish you own books three different ways and not pay a penny. Somebody asked me why I teach E-Book Formatting and Self-Publishing Formatting, I said. I want all writers to become Published Authors not just the rich.

For additional information, go to www.facebookauthorlindameckler or

e-mail; 619-303-8864

November 17 (Wednesday, 6:30 pm) – Richard Lederer will introduce his new book: Monsters Unchained.

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Please note a change in scheduling of the October meeting.

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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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