READERS & WRITERS CALENDAR: FROM SEPTEMBER 13, 2015

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September 13 (Sunday, 2:00 pm)In Reed Farrel Coleman’s newest addition to Robert B. Parker’s New York Times bestselling Jesse Stone series, The Devil Wins, a massive storm hits Paradise, and Police Chief Jesse Stone worries about potential storm damage. But when the bodies of two teenage girls are discovered in the wake of the storm, Jesse must dig up secrets of the past that have been buried for over twenty-five years.

William S. Kirby has traveled extensively which inspired him to write his first mystery novel, Vienna, a sexy stylish thriller that follows two women as they plunge into a bizarre love affair amidst high fashion European photo shoots – inspired in part by a Sherlock Holmes short story.

A Nor'easter blows into Paradise and churns up the past in the stunning new addition to Robert B. Parker s "New York Times" bestselling series featuring Police Chief Jesse Stone.

In the wake of a huge storm, three bodies are discovered in the rubble of an abandoned factory building in an industrial part of Paradise known as The Swap. One body, a man s, wrapped in a blue tarp, is only hours old. But found within feet of that body are the skeletal remains of two teenage girls who had gone missing during a Fourth of July celebration twenty-five years earlier. Not only does that crime predate Jesse Stone s arrival in Paradise, but the dead girls were close friends of Jesse s right hand, Officer Molly Crane. And things become even more complicated when one of the dead girls mothers returns to Paradise to bury her daughter and is promptly murdered. It s up to Police Chief Jesse Stone to pull away the veil of the past to see how all the murders are connected.

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

September 13 (Sunday, 12:00 pm)Weekend with Locals Program Warwick’s will be hosting Louise Loria author of, Maggie Gets Her Wish.

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

September 14 (Monday, 7:30 pm)Warwick's is proud to be hosting former Navy SEAL Lieutenant Ed Hiner to present his leadership book, First Fast Fearless. Edward Hiner served as a Navy Special Warfare Training Officer, who was responsible for the shaping, training, and qualifying of thousands of Navy SEALs. He has led strategic combat missions in Iraq, Afghanistan, and across the globe for which he earned two Bronze Stars with "V" for valor in combat. This event is free and open to the public. Only books purchased from Warwick's will be signed.

Lead tough. Lead smart. Lead like a Navy Seal! How to build and lead high-performing teams that will get the mission accomplished. Few, if any, organizations get a mission accomplished as consistently and as decisively as the Navy Seals. First, Fast, Fearless uses gripping first-hand accounts to show readers how seal team leaders apply a potent combination of decisiveness, creative thinking, discipline, adaptability, and perseverance to win at every turn.

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

September 15 (Tuesday, 11:00 am)Toddler Stortime. Join in for stories and fun.

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

September 15 (Tuesday, 7:30 pm)Kirkus called Catriona McPherson’s The Child Garden “a stunning combination of creepy thriller and classic mystery” and the Library Journal described it as “complex, haunting, and magical.” When Gloria Harkness’ childhood friend shows up at her door, the past comes back to haunt them, threatening everything – and everyone – they hold dear. McPherson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, but currently lives in California. She is the author of the Dandy Gilver detective series and five stand-alone novels.

Eden was its name. "An alternative school for happy children." But it closed in disgrace after a student's suicide. Now it's a care home, its grounds neglected and overgrown. Gloria Harkness is its only neighbor, staying close to her son who lives there in the home, lighting up her life and breaking her heart each day.

When a childhood friend turns up at her door, Gloria doesn't hesitate before asking him in. He claims a girl from Eden is stalking him and has goaded him into meeting her at the site of the suicide. Only then, the dead begin to speak – it was murder, they say.

Gloria is in over her head before she can help it. Her loneliness, her loyalty, and her all-consuming love for her son lead her into the heart of a dark secret that threatens everything she lives for.

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

September 16  (3rd. Wednesday, 7:00 pm)New Alchemy Poetry Series: Featured Poet: Chris Vannoy, Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 835 W. Harbor Drive, Suite C, San Diego; (619) 232-4855; Host: Seretta Martin Co-Host: Fred Longworth http://www.upstartcrowtrading.com.

September 16 (Wednesday, 7:00 pm)New Alchemy Poetry Series Featured Poets and Open Mic hosted by Seretta Martin and Fred Longworth. The featured poet: Chris Vannoy.

Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 835 W. Harbor Drive, Suite C, San Diego; (619) 232-4855; http://www.upstartcrowtrading.com.

September 16 (Wednesday, 7:30 pm)Warwick's is hosting foodies and paleo advocates Julie Bauer and Vanessa Barajas to present their cookbooks Juli Bauer's Paleo Cookbook and Clean Eating with a Dirty Mind. Vanessa Barajas is the author of The Paleo Kitchen and OMG That's Paleo? as well as the food blog http://PaleOMG.com. Vanessa Barajas is a dessertavour and San Diego native behind the blog Clean Eating with a Dirty Mind. This event is free and open to the public. Only books purchased from Warwick's will be signed.

New York Times bestselling author of The Paleo Kitchen and creator of the popular website Phttp://PaleOMG.com, Juli is a well-known Paleo cook who creates meals that are sure to please the whole family. And this cookbook is her best one yet! Absolutely no one will complain when you serve them delicious dishes like Breakfast Tacos, Pistachio-Crusted Lamb Chops, Moo Shu Pork, Shredded Beef Tostadas, and Layered Flourless Chocolate Cake.

We've all heard about the Paleo or "caveman" diet at this point. But for most people, the diet seems unrealistic. "You expect me not to eat cake anymore?" was Juli's first reaction. (There may have been a few curse words thrown in there, too.) For Juli, that just wasn't going to work. We all understand that cavemen didn't eat cake back in the day, but we're here in the future, and we have the ability to create Paleo-friendly cakes. So Juli ventured out to put a new spin on eating like a caveman. After two weeks of eating Paleo, she knew she was in it for the long haul. She has been eating Paleo for five years now, and she consistently gives her readers Paleo recipes that bring back childhood meal memories or just bring back the foods they love the most. There's no need to be a true, pretentious caveman if you don't have to be! We see you using Instagram over there, you modern caveman, you.

Delectable, decadent and downright Sinful! Vanessa Barajas takes the taste buds where the conscience dare not go in her new cookbook Clean Eating with a Dirty Mind. In this unprecedented and stunning new book, Barajas defies all convention and delivers a satiated palate with a perfectly clear conscience.

Clean Eating with a Dirty Mind was inspired by Barajas' conviction that healthy eating doesn't have to equate to self-deprivation and guilty pleasures shouldn't have to be riddled with remorse. Complete with a perfect combination of over 150 sweet and savory recipes, Clean Eating with a Dirty Mind breaks the mold (and all the rules) - with the core principle- just because your food is healthy doesn't mean it has to taste that way.

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

September 17 (Thursday, 7:30 pm)Warwick's is proud to host groundbreaking science journalist Casey Schwartz to present her nonfiction book In the Mind Fields. Casey Schwartz has worked as a staff writer at Newsweek/The Daily Beast, where she covered neuroscience, psychology, and psychiatry. Her writing has also appeared in The New York Times and The New York Sun. A graduate of Brown University, she also has a degree in psychodynamic developmental neuroscience from University College London. This event is free and open to the public. Reserved Seating is available. Only books purchased from Warwick's will be signed.

A thorough, witty, and accessible journalistic exploration of the culture of modern psychiatry, focusing on the nascent reconciliation of neuroscience and psychoanalysis – historically opposed approaches to understanding how human beings think, feel, and behave.

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

September 17 (Thursday, 11:00am)Friends of the Huntington Beach Library put on fantastic author luncheon events and this one promises to be a real treat. Joanne Fluke writes the popular Hannah Swensen series which has recently premiered as a Hallmark TV movie. Her latest title, Double Fudge Brownie Murder, has Hannah scrambling to clear her name when the judge for a trial she’s involved in is found murdered. Dorothy Howell’s newest release in the Haley Randolph series, Swag Bags and Swindlers, has the department store clerk/party planner struggling to plan the perfect anniversary gala for a retirement home despite the murder of the home’s assistant director. Lee Hollis is the pen name for the brother and sister writing team of Rick Copp and Holly Simason. Their latest Hayley Powell title, Death of a Cupcake Queen, has the food and cocktail columnist reuniting with her former rivals at the high school reunion until one of them receives her just desserts.

Life in tiny Lake Eden, Minnesota, is usually pleasantly uneventful. Lately, though, it seems everyone has more than their fair share of drama – especially the Swensen family. With so much on her plate, Hannah Swensen can hardly find the time to think about her bakery – let alone the town's most recent murder. . . Hannah is nervous about the upcoming trial for her involvement in a tragic accident. She's eager to clear her name once and for all, but her troubles only double when she finds the judge bludgeoned to death with his own gavel – and Hannah is the number one suspect. Now on trial in the court of public opinion, she sets out in search of the culprit and discovers that the judge made more than a few enemies during his career. With time running out, Hannah will have to whip up her most clever recipe yet to find a killer more elusive than the perfect brownie.

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

September 18 to 20 (Friday, 12:00 pm  to Sunday, 4:00 pm)Gaslight Gathering 5: Steampunk and Victoriana Convention will be held at the Town & Country Resort Hotel in San Diego. Join us for a blend of Victorian-inspired clothing and technology, with a bit of science fiction and fantasy. Airships, goggles, jet packs, corsets, top hats, parasols, combined with your imagination, a wee bit of whimsy, and lots of books! Author Guest of Honor Harry Turtledove has multiple awards for his works of alternate history in every known timeline. MG will be in the Vendor Hall, along with other purveyors of shiny items.

For More information please visit the official Gaslight Gathering website. http://gaslightgathering.org/.

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

September 18 (Friday, 7:30 pm)Join us for a night of magic, fantasy, and adventure as we welcome bestselling author R.A. Salvatore once again to Mysterious Galaxy! His latest novel Archmage centers on our favorite drow, Drizzt who must face the challenge of the dark elves of Menzoberranzan. The powerful Archmage Gromph plans to call on demonic forces from the deepest reaches of the Abyss, and unleash a disaster even the Underdark could never have prepared for.

The pall that had descended over the North is gone, and a new day has dawned on a victorious Mithral Hall, but no matter how bright things seem on the surface, Drizzt and his companions know that what lurks just under their feet remains steeped in evil and charged with unimaginable power.

The dark elves of Menzoberranzan, including the powerful Archmage Gromph, aren't done with Drizzt yet. And consumed by their own power struggles, feeling backed into a corner, the drow may just be desperate enough to call on demonic forces from the deepest reaches of the Abyss, and unleash a disaster even the Underdark could never have prepared for.

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

September 19 (Saturday, 6:30 pm)Adventures by the Book™, together with AuthorPreneurs™ are pleased to launch our new series, Writers Talk, featuring New York Times and international bestselling author Jenna Blum, as she makes her first San Diego appearance at Filippi’s Pizza Grotto, 5353 Kearny Villa Road, San Diego, CA 92123. The event is ticketed ($39 early bird price) and is open to the public, both readers and writers.

About the Event: Our first “Writers Talk” dinner will feature Blum, author of perennial favorite book club selection, Those Who Save Us and The Stormchasers. Event includes pizza, salad, bread, beverage, tax, gratuity, book discussion, Q&A, book signing, and the opportunity to meet the author up close and personal in an intimate setting.

About the Author: Find out what it’s like to be named one of Oprah’s Top Thirty Women Writers, how she managed to visit over 800 book clubs in the greater Boston area, and how she came to collaborate with other bestselling authors like Sarah Jio, Melanie Benjamin, Amanda Hodgkinson, and Sarah McCoy for their new book, Grand Central.

September 19 (Saturday, 2:00 pm)Nebula Award for Best Short Story nominee and local author Greg Van Eekhout’s latest book, Dragon Coast is a sequel to California Bones and Pacific Fire and sees the return of Sam, alive despite efforts to the contrary, trapped inside a rampaging dragon. Daniel must save his adopted son – but it isn’t going to be easy. Steven Gould calls Dragon Coast a “L.A noir as dark as La Brea tar.”

Fran Wilde debuts with her novel Updraft, described by Hugo winner Elizabeth Bear as “a fantasy world unlike any other!” Kirit Densira lives in a “city of living bones,” where the inhabitants get around on mechanical wings – and secrets abound. When Kirit starts to uncover certain dark truths, the government is determined to silence her. Wilde is a technology consultant and author. She’s previously taught writing and digital media, and her short fiction work has appeared in publications such as Asimov’s, Nature Magazine, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies.

And the final member of the trio, Adam Rakunas, is a stay at home parent, and the organizer of the periodic Southern California SFWA Reading Series, as well as a debut novelist. Publisher Angry Robot’s site’s brief synopsis of Windswept reads, “Padma Mehta has to save her city, her planet, and Occupied Space from a devastating crop-killing plague — all before Happy Hour.” Adam’s website proclaims, “I am Rakunas, Devourer of Worlds. I mean, Tacos.” Join Adam, Fran, and Greg in devouring tacos and other refreshments from the spread provided by local taco shop, TacoSurf, thanks to the kind publishing folks at Tor Books.

Daniel's adopted son Sam, made from the magical essence of the tyrannical Hierarch of Southern California whom Daniel overthrew and killed, is lost-consumed by the great Pacific firedrake secretly assembled by Daniel's half-brother, Paul.

But Sam is still alive and aware, in magical form, trapped inside the dragon as it rampages around Los Angeles, periodically torching a neighborhood or two.

Daniel has a plan to rescue Sam. It will involve the rarest of substances, "axis mundi, " pieces of the bones of the great dragon at the center of the Earth. Daniel will have to go to the kingdom of Northern California, boldly posing as his half-brother, come to claim his place in the competition to be appointed Lord High Osteomancer of the Northern Kingdom. Only when the Northern Hierarch, in her throne room at Golden Gate Park, raises her scepter to confirm Daniel in his position will he have an opportunity to steal the "axis mundi"-under the gaze of the Hierarch herself.

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

September 19 (Saturday, 2:00 pm)Meet mystery/thriller and now historical fiction writer April Smith. She will be discussing her new novel A Star for Mrs. Blake. This event is free and books will be available for purchase and signing. Light refreshments will be served. Presented by The Friends of the Corona Public Library.  The event will be located in the High Desert Room, Corona Library, 650 Main Street, Corona, CA 92882.

After losing her son in World War I, small-town librarian Cora Blake is surprised over a decade later to receive a letter from the U.S. government inviting her to go to Europe to visit his grave as part of a 'Gold Star Mother' tour. Looking forward to the adventure, Cora also hopes that she and the other mothers will be able to find the closure that has eluded them for so long. A chance encounter with an embittered journalist gives her the opportunity to tell her story to the world and leads her to discover some unexpected truths about the long-term legacy of the war.

September 19 (Saturday, 2:00 pm)Nebula Award for Best Short Story nominee and local author Greg Van Eekhout’s latest book, Dragon Coast is a sequel to California Bones and Pacific Fire and sees the return of Sam, alive despite efforts to the contrary, trapped inside a rampaging dragon. Daniel must save his adopted son – but it isn’t going to be easy. Steven Gould calls Dragon Coast a “L.A noir as dark as La Brea tar.”

Fran Wilde debuts with her novel Updraft, described by Hugo winner Elizabeth Bear as “a fantasy world unlike any other!” Kirit Densira lives in a “city of living bones,” where the inhabitants get around on mechanical wings – and secrets abound. When Kirit starts to uncover certain dark truths, the government is determined to silence her. Wilde is a technology consultant and author. She’s previously taught writing and digital media, and her short fiction work has appeared in publications such as Asimov’s, Nature Magazine, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies.

And the final member of the trio, Adam Rakunas, is a stay at home parent, and the organizer of the periodic Southern California SFWA Reading Series, as well as a debut novelist. Publisher Angry Robot’s site’s brief synopsis of Windswept reads, “Padma Mehta has to save her city, her planet, and Occupied Space from a devastating crop-killing plague — all before Happy Hour.” Adam’s website proclaims, “I am Rakunas, Devourer of Worlds. I mean, Tacos.” Join Adam, Fran, and Greg in devouring tacos and other refreshments from the spread provided by local taco shop, TacoSurf, thanks to the kind publishing folks at Tor Books.

Daniel's adopted son Sam, made from the magical essence of the tyrannical Hierarch of Southern California whom Daniel overthrew and killed, is lost-consumed by the great Pacific firedrake secretly assembled by Daniel's half-brother, Paul.

But Sam is still alive and aware, in magical form, trapped inside the dragon as it rampages around Los Angeles, periodically torching a neighborhood or two. Daniel has a plan to rescue Sam. It will involve the rarest of substances, "axis mundi, " pieces of the bones of the great dragon at the center of the Earth. Daniel will have to go to the kingdom of Northern California, boldly posing as his half-brother, come to claim his place in the competition to be appointed Lord High Osteomancer of the Northern Kingdom. Only when the Northern Hierarch, in her throne room at Golden Gate Park, raises her scepter to confirm Daniel in his position will he have an opportunity to steal the "axis mundi"-under the gaze of the Hierarch herself. And that's just the first obstacle.

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

September 20 (Sunday, 2:00 pm)Devil’s Chair is the sixth installment in Southern California author Roy A. Teel’s 30-book geographically-centered hard boiled Iron Eagle Series. The main character, a former Marine Corps Black Operative turned rogue FBI agent / vigilante, hunts serial killers in Los Angeles. The novels seek to examine what can happen to any one of us if we let our guard down and/ or are in the wrong place at the wrong time. In this installment, Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim O’Brian and FBI Profilers Special Agent Steve Hoffman and John Swenson search to discover the terrifying reason why young, healthy adults are winding up dead in the remote Devil’s Chair.

The city of Los Angeles is no stranger to violence. It has both a colorful and grotesque history with it. Sheriff's Homicide Detective Jim O'Brian and FBI Profiler Special Agent Steve Hoffman are also no strangers to the violence of the sprawling metropolis, but in the past decade something has changed. There's a serial killer preying on other serial killers - some known by law enforcement, others well off radar. "The Iron Eagle," a vigilante, extracts vengeance for the victims of Los Angeles' serial killers. His methods are meticulous and his killings brutal. With each passing day, "The Iron Eagle" moves with impunity through the streets of Los Angeles in search of his prey. O'Brian and Hoffman create an elite task force with the sole purpose of catching "The Eagle" and bringing him to justice. But the deeper they delve, the more apparent it is that he may very well be one of their own. As the two men stare into the abyss of their search, the eyes of "The Iron Eagle" stare back.

Is The Iron Eagle a psychotic serial killer? Or a new breed of Justice?

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

September 20 (Sunday, 3:00 to 5:00 pm)The Ed Brown Center for Active Adults invites the community to attend “A Mad Hatter’s Tea Partyat the Center. This madcap event includes fragrant teas, delicious food, handsome waiters, fabulous prizes, croquet on the lawn and entertainment in a kooky, congenial atmosphere. All ages are welcome to attend. Guests are encouraged to wear flamboyant hats to honor the afternoon’s host — the Mad Hatter!

Performing popular tunes from the ’50s to ’70s will be Mark Shatz on his guitar. Mark also will accompany members of the Greater San Diego Music Coterie Choir. Walter Ritter, founder of Write-Out-Loud – a local performance group that reads great literature aloud – will read a selection from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.

The cost to attend The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party is $35 per person. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Ed Brown Center for Active Adults and will be used to support the many programs and activities that serve residents in Rancho Bernardo and surrounding communities. Reservations are necessary, and may be made by calling (858) 487-9324 before 3:00 pm Wednesday, September 16, 2015, or by coming to the Ed Brown Center, 18402 West Bernardo Drive, in Rancho Bernardo Community Park.

September 20 (Sunday, 12:00 pm)The Weekend with Locals Program will be hosting Max and Luther authors of True Tails II from the Dog Park.

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

September 21 (Monday, 7:00 pm)Upstart Crow Book Club will discuss, Ruby, by Cynthia Bond.

Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 835 W. Harbor Drive, Suite C, San Diego; (619) 232-4855; http://www.upstartcrowtrading.com.

September 22 (Tuesday, 6:30 pm)Adventures by the Book™, in support of Tierrasanta Village of San Diego (TVSD) is pleased to present the next in its popular “Tierrasanta Talks” series with survivor, author, and journalist Sandra Millers Younger in the Community Room, SDA Church, 11260 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego 92124. The event is ticketed at $10 per person and is open to the public. A portion of event proceeds will be donated to TVSD.

About the Event: What San Diegan will ever forget the devastating 2003 Cedar Fire, now legendary as the largest wildfire in California history, and perhaps the first time that many San Diegans were ever forced to mandatorily evacuate their homes. As we once again approach Santa Ana season and California continues to experience drought and climate change, thoughts of catastrophic fires are never far from our minds.

About the Author: Ten years after losing her home, and nearly her life, in the historic fire, Sandra chronicled her personal experience in her 2013 memoir, The Fire Outside My Window: A Survivor Tells the True Story of California’s Epic Cedar Fire. Her story was featured in the March 2015 NBC Dateline special, “Escape: The Great California Fire.” Join Sandra, and retired Cal Fire Deputy Chief Kelly Zombro, also featured in the Dateline special, to learn what you can do, now, to protect your home and your loved ones.

September 23 (Wednesday, 7:00 pm)San Diego Book Discussion Group discusses The Galaxy Game by Karen Lord.

On the verge of adulthood, Rafi attends the Lyceum, a school for the psionically gifted. Rafi possesses mental abilities that might benefit people . . . or control them. Some wish to help Rafi wield his powers responsibly; others see him as a threat to be contained. Rafi's only freedom at the Lyceum is Wallrunning: a game of speed and agility played on vast vertical surfaces riddled with variable gravity fields.

Serendipity and Ntenman are also students at the Lyceum, but unlike Rafi they come from communities where such abilities are valued. Serendipity finds the Lyceum as much a prison as a school, and she yearns for a meaningful life beyond its gates. Ntenman, with his quick tongue, quicker mind, and a willingness to bend if not break the rules, has no problem fitting in. But he too has his reasons for wanting to escape.

Now the three friends are about to experience a moment of violent change as seething tensions between rival star-faring civilizations come to a head. For Serendipity, it will challenge her ideas of community and self. For Ntenman, it will open new opportunities and new dangers. And for Rafi, given a chance to train with some of the best Wallrunners in the galaxy, it will lead to the discovery that there is more to Wallrunning than he ever suspected . . . and more to himself than he ever dreamed.

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

 

September 23 (Wednesday, 7:30 pm)Warwick's is excited to be hosting Stephanie Clifford to present her debut novel, Everybody Rise. Stephanie Clifford is a Metro reporter for The New York Times. She graduated from Harvard University and grew up in New York City. This event is free and open to the public. Reserved seating is available. Only books purchased from Warwick's will be signed.

It's 2006 in the Manhattan of the young and the privileged: the stock market is booming and kids two years out of college are buying vacation homes with cash.  Holding down a job is not always as valued as being a fixture on the social scene. As money and ambition consume the city, a new generation of heirs and strivers are jockeying for social power and discovering that class, especially on the Upper East Side, still holds sway.

Everybody Rise is a keenly observed novel in which a young woman plunges headlong into a glittering world of wealth and social prestige. Evelyn Beegan, an irresistibly flawed heroine, relentlessly elbows her way up the social ladder. In order to be accepted, she must pass as upper class and be seen as someone with an established old money background. Her lies start slowly but quickly grow until the ground underneath her begins to give way.

Class distinctions, particularly those created by inherited wealth, have always fascinated Americans. In each generation, there emerges a writer who captures our conflicted attitudes about “society” in a new way, whether it is American legends like Henry James in the 19th century, F. Scott Fitzgerald in the 20th century or more contemporary voices like Curtis Sittenfeld and now Stephanie Clifford in the 21st.

Film rights have been sold to Fox 2000, with Karen Rosenfelt (Twilight; The Devil Wears Prada) producing.

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

September 24 (Thursday, 2:00 pm)Warwick's and Venissimo Cheese will present three Italian cheeses.

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

September 24 (Thursday, 7:30 pm)(SOLD OUT) Warwick’s & U-T Talks present Jewel in conversation with Chris Cantore to discuss her memoir, Never Broken, at: The Sherwood Auditorium, 700 Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA 92037. $29.70 - General Admission - Includes one copy of Never Broken

New York Times bestselling poet and multi-platinum singer-songwriter Jewel explores her unconventional upbringing and extraordinary life in an inspirational memoir that covers her childhood to fame, marriage, and motherhood.

When Jewel's first album, "Pieces of You," topped the charts in 1995, her emotional voice and vulnerable performance were groundbreaking. Drawing comparisons to Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell, a singer-songwriter of her kind had not emerged in decades. Now, with more than thirty million albums sold worldwide, Jewel tells the story of her life, and the lessons learned from her experience and her music.

Living on a homestead in Alaska, Jewel learned to yodel at age five, and joined her parents' entertainment act, working in hotels, honky-tonks, and biker bars. Behind a strong-willed family life with an emphasis on music and artistic talent, however, there was also instability, abuse, and trauma. At age fifteen, she moved out and tasked herself with a mission: to see if she could avoid being the kind of statistic that her past indicated for her future. Soon after, she was accepted to the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, and there she began writing her own songs as a means of expressing herself and documenting her journey to find happiness. Jewel was eighteen and homeless in San Diego when a radio DJ aired a bootleg version of one of her songs and it was requested into the top-ten countdown, something unheard-of for an unsigned artist. By the time she was twenty-one, her debut had gone multiplatinum.

There is much more to Jewel's story, though, one complicated by family legacies, by crippling fear and insecurity, and by the extraordinary circumstances in which she managed to flourish and find happiness despite these obstacles. Along her road of self-discovery, learning to redirect her fate, Jewel has become an iconic singer and songwriter. In Never Broken she reflects on how she survived, and how writing songs, poetry, and prose has saved her life many times over. She writes lyrically about the natural wonders of Alaska, about pain and loss, about the healing power of motherhood, and about discovering her own identity years after the entire world had discovered the beauty of her songs.

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

September 24 (Thursday, 7:30 pm)Warwick's is excited to be hosting Erica Jong to talk about and sign her new book, Fear of Dying. Fear of Flying, her first and most famous novel published in 1973, blew conventional thinking about women, marriage and sexuality out of the water and went on to sell 27 million copies and has been translated into 40 languages. This event is free and open to the public. Reserved seating is available. Only books purchased from Warwick's will be signed.

Fear of Dying is a hilarious, heart wrenching, and beautifully told story about what happens when one woman steps reluctantly into the afternoon of life. Vanessa Wonderman is a gorgeous former actress in her 60’s who finds herself balancing between her dying parents, her aging husband and her beloved, pregnant daughter. Although Vanessa considers herself "a happily married woman," the lack of sex in her life makes her feel as if she’s losing something too valuable to ignore. So she places an ad for sex on a site called Zipless.com and the life she knew begins to unravel. With the help and counsel of her best friend, Isadora Wing, Vanessa navigates the phishers and pishers, and starts to question if what she’s looking for might be close at hand after all.

Fear of Dying is a daring and delightful look at what it really takes to be human and female in the 21st century. Wildly funny and searingly honest, this is a book for everyone who has ever been shaken and changed by love.

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

September 25 (Friday, 7:30 pm) — Popular and prolific bestselling local author and generous writing instructor Jonathan Maberry returns to the Galaxy with a novel set in a new-to-him universe, and a collection of short stories set in his Rot & Ruin zombie apocalypse wasteland. The RPG Deadlands presents a horrific journey into the “Weird West.” Beings called the Reckoners and a mysterious super-fuel called “ghost rock” have given life to monsters and magic, causing history to divert from July 4th, 1863, forward. In Ghostwalkers, a gun-for-hire battles the recently undead, including some by his own hand. Bits & Pieces includes stories of battles against the undead, with previously published shorts, all new tales from Nix’s journals, and the comic book script.

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

September 27 (Sunday, 2:00 pm)Debut young adult author Jen Klein’s other writing work is undoubtedly known to many readers – her writing for television includes work for “Totally Spies,” “Star Wars®: Clone Wars,” and “Gray’s Anatomy.” Guest reviewer Sandra Hale notes: “Jillian Cade is a marvelous main character. … This book, written with humor and cynicism, becomes darker as the story progresses. The first in a series, this is the story of a teenager with a real identity crisis.”

Jillian Cade doesn’t believe in the paranormal, unlike her famous father, a professor and expert on the occult. Ever since he abandoned her to travel the world for research, she s milked his reputation and all the suckers who believe in the stuff by taking over his private investigation firm. After all, a high school junior has to take care of herself, especially when she s on her own.

Ironically, it’s when she takes on a case that might involve a totally non-paranormal missing person that things get strange. Particularly when Sky Ramsey a new boy at school who insists on becoming her partner won’t shut up about succubi, of all things.

As they investigate, Jillian is surprised by her feelings for Sky, which threaten to derail the investigation. But that surprise is no match for the shock of learning that there may be something to Sky s succubi obsession after all.

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

September 27 (Sunday, 12:00 pm)The Locals Authors Program will be hosting Lia Mack author of Waiting for Paint to Dry.

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

September 28 (Monday, 7:30 pm)Warwick's is hosting award-winning authors of great acclaim Marilyn Yalom and Theresa Donovan Brown to talk about their new collaboration, The Social Sex. This event is free and open to the public. Only books purchased from Warwick's will be signed.

In today’s culture, the bonds of female friendship are taken as a given. Conventional wisdom tells us that women are more sociable, more empathetic, and more “friendly” than men. But only a few centuries ago, the idea of female friendship was completely unacknowledged, even pooh-poohed. Dating back to the Greeks and the Romans, women were long considered “weaker” than men and constitutionally unsuited for friendship at the highest level. Only men, the reasoning went, had the emotional and intellectual depth to develop and sustain these meaningful relationships.

Given this history, how were women able to co-opt the public face of friendship? In The Social Sex: A History of Female Friendship Marilyn Yalom and Theresa Donovan Brown survey history, literature, philosophy, religion, and pop culture in search of the answer. Chronicling shifting attitudes toward friendship — both female and male — from the Bible and the Romans to the Enlightenment to the women’s rights movements of the ‘60s up to Sex and the City and Bridesmaids, Yalom and Brown reveal how the concept of female friendship has been inextricably linked to the larger social and cultural movements that have defined human history.

With Yalom and Brown as our guides, The Social Sex delves into the fascinating historical episodes and trends that illuminate the story of friendship between women: the literary salon as the original book club, the emergence of female professions and the working girl, the phenomenon of gossip, the advent of women’s sports, and more.

Lively, informative, and richly detailed, The Social Sex is a revelatory cultural history written in a voice that is at once entertaining and learned, authoritative and accessible.

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

September 29 (Tuesday, 7:30 pm)Warwick's is proud to be hosting debut novelist Edward Joyce to present his novel Small Mercies. Edward Joyce is a graduate of Harvard and quit his job as a lawyer to follow his dream of writing novels. This event is free and open to the public. Reserved Seating is available.

An ingeniously layered narrative, told over the course of one week, Eddie Joyce’s debut novel masterfully depicts an Italian-Irish American family on Staten Island and their complicated emotional history. Ten years after the loss of Bobby—the Amendola family’s youngest son—everyone is still struggling to recover from the firefighter’s unexpected death. Bobby’s mother Gail; his widow Tina; his older brothers Peter, the corporate lawyer, and Franky, the misfit; and his father Michael have all dealt with their grief in different ways. But as the family gathers together for Bobby Jr.’s birthday party, they must each find a way to accept a new man in Tina’s life while reconciling their feelings for their lost loved one.

Presented through multiple points of view, Small Mercies explores the conflicts and deep attachments that exist within families. Heart-wrenching and profoundly relatable, Joyce’s debut is a love letter to Staten Island and a deeply affecting portrait of an American family.

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

September 30 (Wednesday, 7:00 pm)Warwick's and the La Jolla Riford Library are hosting New York Times Bestselling author of The Paris Wife, Paula McLain, to present her newest book, Circling the Sun. Paula McLain received an MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan and has been a resident of Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony. 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.

Just as Hadley Richardson came to life for her in Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast, Paula McLain met Beryl Markham in the pages of her 1942 memoir, West With the Night, and knew she had to bring this remarkable woman out of obscurity. So original were Beryl’s voice and spirit, McLain will tell you, “There was no thinking involved, only the unmistakable jolt of connection—a lighting strike—as my imagination woke up and reached through time and space to meet Beryl on her own turf.”

The world is 1920’s Kenya, where a glamorous and decadent circle of British expats have carved out a toe-hold of civilization at the edge of the boundless frontier. Abandoned by her mother and inspired by the dangerous beauty around her, Beryl grows into a fierce young woman driven to prove her courage and win independence at any cost. She becomes the first woman to earn her license as a professional racehorse trainer (at eighteen!); one of the very first people in Africa, and the world, to have a commercial pilot’s license; and the first bush pilot to successfully scout game from the air for safari hunters under impossibly dangerous circumstances.

Beryl was light years ahead of her time, and her story is as unforgettable as the wildly beautiful country that shaped her. From her untamed childhood, to her many struggles to achieve the freedom she always dreamed of, and finally to the love that tested and changed her life forever, in Circling the Sun, McLain brings this inspiring, brave and complicated woman to life again in a way that no one else could.

This event is at the La Jolla Riford Library. 7555 Draper Avenue, La Jolla, CA 92037. For more information regarding the event, please contact Warwick's Books | 7812 Girard Avenue | La Jolla, Ca | 92037 | Ph. (858) 454-0347 | http://www.warwicks.com |

September 30 (Wednesday, 7:30 pm)A couple of years ago, Australian authors Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti started a discussion about superhero tropes, and how to make a story about kids with superpowers new and interesting. The result is Zeroes, the first of a trilogy about the disadvantages of being a teen with superpowers. Whether you were among the Comic-Con International attendees fortunate enough to attend the “Zeroes to Heroes” panel, or pick up a sampler, or you are a fan of the authors’ other works, we look forward to an engaging evening discussing team work among superbeings and writers.

Told from separate viewpoints, teens Scam, Crash, Flicker, Anonymous, Bellwether, and Kelsie, all born in the year 2000 and living in Cambria, California, have superhuman abilities that give them interesting but not heroic lives until they must work as a community to respond to a high stakes crisis.

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The Audacious Woman: Blaze Your Own Path To Prosperity, by Pamela Y. Toussaint, MBA (Courageous Women Publications, 2015, 118 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore “Looking and acting like a leader depends on getting three things right, a trio we refer to as Appearance, Communication, and Gravitas. Individuals who nail each of these elements exude true executive presence.” ~ Executive Presence By the Center for Talent Innovation July 8, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - Pamela Y. Toussaint, MBA, the president and founder of Ultimate Image Coach, has authored with her daughter, Tamara Toussaint, JD, the quintessential book on women’s empowerment; The Audacious Woman: Blaze Your Own Path To Prosperity. A personal branding consultant, corporate trainer, author, and keynote speaker, Toussaint came from humble beginnings to write this well researched and documented book. Born and raised in a small village in Jamaica with three sisters and brother, her mother was widowed when Pamela was 10 years old. Against all odds, motivated by the values her mother instilled, Toussaint achieved success as a corporate executive and community leader in the United States. She took an audacious step to . . .

 

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