Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly version Share this


For complete Calendar including Authors Events, go to


Friday November 28, 10:30 am) — Children's Event, Storytime. Perfect for ages 4 and under, our weekly Storytime features books, music, movement and sign language!

Barnes & Noble, Mira Mesa MarketCenter, 10775 Westview Parkway, San Diego, CA 92126, 858-684-3166

Friday November 28, 7:30 pm)Pajamarama Storytime. Join your faithful Storytime teller Beverley every Friday night for a fun-filled Storytime! Pajamas, giggles and loud voices are required for the event.

Barnes & Noble, Grossmont Center, 5500 Grossmont Ctr Dr Suite 331, La Mesa, CA 91942, 619-667-287

November 29 (Saturday, 1:00 to 4:00 pm) — Kari Sherman and Carey Laubenberg will speak and sign their book, True Tales from the Dog Park, joined by canine co-authors Max and Luther.

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

November 29 (Saturday, 9:55 am) — Please join us on Small Business Saturday! On hand to welcome you will be authors Nancy Holder, Jonathan Maberry, Chris Marie Green, Nick Cole, Linda Thomas-Sundstrom, Greg van Eekhout, Shannon Messenger, S.J. Harper, Seanan McGuire, and Kathy Aarons. 

Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting small, independent, local businesses.  Please show your support for your local businesses by shopping with small independent stores on November 29th!

Mysterious Galaxy, 7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Suite 302, San Diego. For additional information, go to or call (858) 268-4747.

December 1 (Monday, 12:00 noon ) — Adventures by the Book is pleased to present a Culture and Cuisine of Afghanistan Lunch Edventure featuring award-winning Afghan-born author Atta Arghandiwal at Khyber Pass Restauarnt, 523 University Avenue, San Diego 92111). The event is ticketed and is open to all SDSU Osher members.

About the Event: Afghan born Atta Arghandiwal was one of ten children born into a military family who fled Afghanistan during the tumultuous 1978 Soviet invasion. After a temporary relocation to Germany, Atta settled in the United States and became a successful banker and author. Join Atta at Khyber Pass Restaurant to taste some typical Afghani food while discussing Lost Decency, Atta’s memoir that explores his conflicting love and pride for his country of origin with his disdain of its political upheaval. How would you reconcile your love and pride in your country of origin if one day you were forced to flee?

About the Author: Atta Arghandiwal is a banker, author, and devout humanitarian. His books include Lost Decency, which won the coveted Benjamin Franklin First Book Award, and his most recent, Immigrant Success Planning, a comprehensive immigrant success family resource guide. He lives in northern California where he stays engaged with his community through sports, leadership development, and coaching.

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

December 1 (Monday, 4:00 pm) — Grinch Day Storytime Children's Event. Join us in celebration of Grinch! Special Storytime featuring the holiday classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Coloring and activities to follow.

Barns & Noble, Grossmont Center, 5500 Grossmont Ctr Dr Suite 331, La Mesa, CA 91942, 619-667-287.

December 2 (Tuesday, 1:00 pm) — Book Talk and Signing: Jack Innis will bring his stories of San Diego Legends to the Mission Valley Library. Join him and learn about the famous names, such as Wyatt Earp, and Tom Horton, and how they helped build San Diego from the beginning to now.

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

December 4 (Thursday, 2014, 5:00 pm) — Sunbelt Publications' annual Holiday Party featuring authors Phil Pryde, Tom Hom, and Mark Jorgensen. This event is free and open to the public! Come and meet your favorite local authors.

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

December 5 (Friday, 7:00 pm) — Warwick's will host a Launch Party with author Matthew Ward for his fantastic new book, War of the World Records. This is the sequel to The Fantastic Family Whipple. This event is free and open to the public.

About the book: Discover who will be crowned the world's most record-breaking family in the book that's perfect for fans of The Guinness Book of World Records! The rivalry between the Whipples and the Goldwins escalates to an all-out war as the World Record World Championships draw near. When sinister clowns Overkill and Undercut cause a regulation game of hide-and-seek to go horrifically wrong, recordless Arthur Whipple and his unlikely ally, Ruby Goldwin, set out to catch the clowns' mysterious boss, known only as "the Treasurer." The young detectives follow the clues through darkened alleyways, dingy nightclubs, and the gothic halls of the World Record Archives, where they unravel the mystery of the Lyon's Curse and the secrets of their fathers' shared past. In the end, Arthur must fight to save his family as he struggles to earn his first world record and prove himself worthy of the Whipple name.

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

December 6 (Saturday, 3:00 pm) — Southern California author, Dublin Galyean will be signing his new book, Bougainvillea Blues. He will also be performing with his three piece band!

About the Book: Bougainvillea Blues, set in San Diego in 1962, captures an America that had not yet begun to face the Vietnam anti-war movement in full force, before Camelot died with the assassination of John Kennedy, six years before Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King were shot down, and just months before the cold war reached its terrifying apex in the Cuban Missile Crisis. Then a sheltered white middle class boy could still believe that his most important job was to find a girl. Rock and roll told him what to expect from sexual love, and TV sitcoms showed him how mothers and fathers were supposed to act in happy families.

Bougainvillea Blues is the heartfelt coming of age story of Joey Norton, a twelve-year-old boy. Sex, love, and voyeurism: Joey is trying to figure it all out. When his world collides with the gorgeous Gloria, the boy who likes to watch is forced to participate in his own life for the first time.

A smothering mother, neighborhood boys with their own code of sexuality, and a father with secrets that will stun the family and force Joey to make the first grown-up decisions of his life turn up the heat on a story of love and loss see in the breezy, warm air of 1960’s San Diego.

About the Author: Dublin Galyean, born in east Texas, grew up in San Diego, CA and uses both settings for this coming of age story. After graduating from UCSD in biology, he took a short stab at an acting career that led to performing as a teacher of ESL (English as a Second Language) and then to teaching literature analysis at adult schools.

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

December 6 (Saturday, 3:00 pm) — Warwick's will host New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu to present her rollicking series opener, The Young Elites. Marie is the author of the bestselling novels Legend, Prodigy, and Champion. This event is free and open to the public. Reserved Seating is available. Please call the Warwick's Book Department at 858-454-0347 for more information.

About the book: Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina's black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a "malfetto," an abomination, ruining their family's good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever's survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars – they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites. Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it's Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all. Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they've never seen. Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn't belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

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

December 7 (Sunday, 3:00 pm) — Warwick's and Words Alive present Cary Elwes in conversation to discuss his new book, As You Wish, the behind-the-scenes account about the making of The Princess Bride. The event will be held at the David and Dorothea Garfield Theatre at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, The Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037. This is an OFFSITE ticketed event, and a copy of the book is included. Tickets can be purchased here. Check-in and doors open at 2:15PM and seating is first-come first-served.

From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner. The Princess Bride has been a family favorite for close to three decades. Ranked by the American Film Institute as one of the top 100 Greatest Love Stories and by the Writers Guild of America as one of the top 100 screenplays of all time, The Princess Bride will continue to resonate with audiences for years to come. Cary Elwes was inspired to share his memories and give fans an unprecedented look into the creation of the film while participating in the twenty-fifth anniversary cast reunion. In As You Wish he has created an enchanting experience; in addition to never-before seen photos and interviews with his fellow cast mates, there are plenty of set secrets and backstage stories. With a foreword by Rob Reiner and a limited edition original poster by acclaimed artist Shepard Fairey, As You Wish is a must-have for all fans of this beloved film.

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

December 9 (Tuesday, 7:00 – 8:00 pm)Raymond M. Wong will speak and sign his book, Fulfilling A Dream. Raymond was an outsider until he took a trip to Hong Kong at the age of 33. Find out why he wrote his memoir and the obstacles he overcame to get it published.

4S Ranch Library, 10433 Reserve Drive, San Diego; (858) 673-4697

December 9 (Tuesday, 7:30 pm) — Warwick's will host President and CEO of Scripps Health, Chris Van Gorder, to present his insightful new book, The Front-Line Leader: Building a High-Performance Organization from the Ground Up. Scripps is one of the nation's foremost health care institutions with more than 14,000 employees and 2,600 affiliated physicians, and has been included on Fortune magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For" list for seven consecutive years. This event is free and open to the public. Please call the Warwick's Book Department at 858-454-0347 for more information.

About the book: The Front-Line Leader outlines specific tactics and steps anyone can use to take responsibility, inspire others, and achieve breakout results for their organizations. As president and CEO of Scripps Health, one of America's most prestigious health systems, Chris Van Gorder presided over a dramatic turnaround, catapulting Scripps from near bankruptcy to a dominant market position. While hospitals and health systems nationwide have laid people off or are closing their doors, Scripps is financially healthy, has added thousands of employees (even with a no-layoff philosophy), and has developed a reputation as a top employer. What are the secrets to this remarkable story?

In The Front-Line Leader, Chris Van Gorder candidly shares his own incredible story, from police officer to CEO, and the leadership philosophy that drives all of his decisions and actions: people come first. Van Gorder began his unlikely career as a California police officer, which deeply instilled in him a sense of social responsibility, honesty, and public service. After being injured on the job and taking an early retirement, Van Gorder had to reinvent himself, taking a job as a hospital security director, a job that would change his life. Through hard work and determination, he rose to executive ranks, eventually becoming CEO of Scripps. But he never forgot his own roots and powerful work ethic, or the time when he was a security officer and a CEO would not make eye contact with him. Van Gorder leads from the front lines, making it a priority to know his employees and customers at every level. His values learned on the force – protecting the community, educating citizens, developing caring relationships, and ultimately doing the right thing – shape his approach to business.

As much as companies talk about accountability, managers seldom understand what practical steps to take to achieve an ethic of service that makes accountability meaningful. Van Gorder reveals how a no-layoff philosophy led to higher accountability, how his own attention to seemingly minor details spurred larger change, and how his own high standards for himself and his team improved morale and productivity. From general strategy to the tiny, everyday steps leaders can take to create the kind of culture and accountability that translates into major competitive advantage, The Front-Line Leader charts a path to better leadership and a more engaged, higher-performing organization.

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


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

* * * *

Classes & Events for Writers Ink:

* * * *

November 30 (Sunday) — Last day to register and submit your book for the San Diego Public Library's 49th Annual Local Author Exhibit. The Library is calling our resident authors for submissions. If your book or eBook was originally published in 2014, we would like to display it in the exhibit, which will run the entire month of February 2015 in the beautiful San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common.

For information and to register for this event, please visit the San Diego Local Author webpage (also accessible from the San Diego Public Library’s web site, htttp://

December 4 (Thursday, 5:00 pm) — Sunbelt Publications' annual Holiday Party featuring authors Phil Pryde, Tom Hom, and Mark Jorgensen. This event is free and open to the public! 

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

* * * *


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:

DONATIONS: For the price of a cup of coffee, just go to and click on the DONATE button. Or send via PayPal to Anything to help out would be greatly appreciated. — Sam Warren, editor.

ATTENTION AUTHORS: Have your book featured in the Local Authors Bookstore, and linked to Amazon for sales. Only $19.95 for over one year.

* * * *

Sam Warren is the publisher and editor of Visit the site for additional news and calendar events for both Readers and Writers. Sam now lives in Tijuana, Mexico, and is available for tours.

Error message

Support community news in the public interest! As nonprofit news, we rely on donations from the public to fund our reporting -- not special interests. Please donate to sustain East County Magazine's local reporting and/or wildfire alerts at to help us keep people safe and informed across our region.