SAN DIEGO WRITEWAY CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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For November 11 to 18, 2012For complete Calendar including Authors Events, go to www.SDWriteWay.org

November 11 (Sunday, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm) — The Chino Farm will be hosting Jonathan Waxman to sign copies of his recent cookbook Italian, My Way published by Simon & Schuster. Mr. Waxman is the fourth chef in the recently launched Good Earth/Great Chefs Series, a collaboration between veteran bookseller Milane Christiansen of Vintage Works and the legendary Chino Farm.

This culinary event will also feature small bites prepared by Chef Waxman and beer served by long-time friend and brewmaster, Steve Wagner of the Stone Brewing Co. It will be held outdoors and is free to the public. Jonathan will be signing books purchased at the event or pre-ordered by emailing mailto:greatchefsseries@gmail.com. The farm will also be open for regular shopping during the event. Where: The Chino Farm, 6123 Calzada del Bosque, Rancho Santa Fe.

November 12 (Monday, 6:30 pm) — Adventures by the Book presents a Girls’ Night Out Happy Hour Adventure with talented debut novelist and part-time San Diegan Teresa Link at Mosaic Wine Bar, 3422 30th Street, San Diego 92104. This is a ticketed event ($35 per person, or $60 with signed, hardcover, first edition book) which includes a glass of wine, happy hour appetizers (flatbread, tapas, pizza), tax, tip, author discussion, Q&A, book signing, and an opportunity to meet the author up close in a fun and intimate setting.

About the Book: Denting the Bosch marks the debut of a talented new voice, and offers an alternatively hilarious and devastating assessment of modern life, marriage, middle age, friendship, money, sex and the American Dream. Three middle-aged couples in San Diego—best friends, empty nesters with the blurry years of child rearing and corporate ladder-climbing over—are finally free to enjoy their golden years together. Adele, Maggie, and Sylvia live calm, blissful lives with their husbands, vacationing together and enjoying yoga classes and lattes. When two of the husbands suddenly announce they want a divorce, the women find their marriages and friendships crumbling. Like a dented household appliance, the steady lives and expectations that the women carefully built are suddenly beyond repair.

For more information regarding the event, please contact Susan McBeth at (619) 300-2532 or at mailto:susan@adventuresbythebook.com. For review copies of interview requests, please contact Kimberly Hanson at (646) 307-5570 or at mailto:kimberly.hanson@stmartins.com.

November 13 (Tuesday, 7:30 pm) — Warwick's will host Associate Professor, Department of Cognitive Science at UCSD, Benjamin Bergen, who will discuss and sign his book Louder Then Words. This event is free and open to the public. In order to be signed, the author's most current title must be purchased from Warwick's.

Background: Whether it's brusque, convincing, fraught with emotion, or dripping with innuendo, language is fundamentally a tool for conveying meaning – a uniquely human magic trick in which you vibrate your vocal cords to make your innermost thoughts pop up in someone else's mind. You can use it to talk about all sorts of things – from your new labradoodle puppy to the expansive gardens at Versailles, from Roger Federer's backhand to things that don't exist at all, like flying pigs. And when you talk, your listener fills in lots of details you didn't mention – the curliness of the dog's fur or the vast statuary on the grounds of the French palace. What's the trick behind this magic? How does meaning work? In Louder than Words, cognitive scientist Benjamin Bergen draws together a decade's worth of research in psychology, linguistics, and neuroscience to offer a new theory of how our minds make meaning.

When we hear words and sentences, Bergen contends, we engage the parts of our brain that we use for perception and action, repurposing these evolutionarily older networks to create simulations in our minds. These embodied simulations, as they're called, are what makes it possible for us to become better baseball players by merely visualizing a well-executed swing; what allows us to remember which cupboard the diapers are in without looking, and what makes it so hard to talk on a cell phone while we're driving on the highway. Meaning is more than just knowing definitions of words, as others have previously argued. In understanding language, our brains engage in a creative process of constructing rich mental worlds in which we see, hear, feel, and act. Through whimsical examples and ingenious experiments, Bergen leads us on a virtual tour of the new science of embodied cognition. A brilliant account of our human capacity to understand language, Louder than Words will profoundly change how you read, speak, and listen.

Warwick’s, 7812 Girard Avenue | La Jolla, Ca | 92037 | Ph. (858) 454-0347 | www.warwicks.com.

November 14 (Wednesday 5-6:30pm) -— The authors of the popular kid's fantasy book Nimpentoad (www.nimpentoad.com) will be signing their book as part of a Book Fair at Carmel Creek School, 4210 Carmel Center Rd., Solana Beach, CA

Nimpentoad has over 60 Amazon 5-star ratings. It was recently ranked as high as 8th on Amazon Best Sellers large print Sci-Fi & Fantasy list, and as high as 1st on Kindle Best Sellers children's > social situations > bullies. Nimpentoad artwork is a semi-finalist in an art contest judged by The Hobbit movie crew Richard Taylor, Alan Lee, and John Howe (http://www.thehobbitdesigncontest.com/judges). The young Nimpentoad authors were covered in a recent article by Entrepreneur Magazine at http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/224488.

November 14 (Wednesday, 7:30 pm) — Warwick's will host acclaimed debut novelist Teresa Link, who will discuss and sign Denting the Bosch. This event is free and open to the public. In order to be signed, the book must be purchased from Warwick's.

Background:A gorgeously written, sharp debut novel about three middle-aged couples who find themselves unmoored in the prime of their lives. Three couples in San Diego, best friends, empty nesters living the California dream, have reached a tipping point. With the blurry years of child rearing and corporate ladder-climbing over, each pair is finally free to enjoy the golden years together. Until two of the husbands suddenly announce they want a divorce. As marriages and friendships unravel and the prosperity of the last few decades spins toward financial meltdown, Adele, Maggie and Sylvia find their carefully established footholds and expectations crumbling.

Denting the Bosch marks the debut of a talented new voice, and offers an alternatively hilarious and devastating assessment of modern life, marriage, middle age, friendship, money, sex and the American Dream.

Warwick’s, 7812 Girard Avenue | La Jolla, Ca | 92037 | Ph. (858) 454-0347 | www.warwicks.com.

November 14 (Wednesday, 6:00 pm) — Adventures by the Book presents a Lost Decency Afghan Reception Adventure with Afghan-born author and former San Diegan Atta Arghandiwal at Khyber Pass Afghan Restaurant, 523 University Avenue, San Diego 92111. This is a ticketed event ($35 per person) which includes a glass of wine or non-alcoholic beverage, happy hour appetizers, tax, tip, author discussion about the author’s candid and moving story as an Afghan refugee who fled after the Soviet invasion of 1980, and also the devastation he witnessed when he returned to his homeland after 9/11, Q&A, book signing, and an opportunity to meet the author up close in authentic and intimate setting. Khyber Pass is owned by the Nasery family, who also fled Afghanistan after the Soviet invasion of 1980.

About the Book: Atta Arghandiwal left Afghanistan after the 1980 Soviet invasion and became a refugee in Germany. He later immigrated to the United States, where he built a successful banking career. With deep passion and pride in his heritage, Arghandiwal has written the true Afghan story in order to increase awareness about his country’s political upheaval and the innocent people who have been caught in chaos. The author will donate a percentage of all book sales to his Women’s Sports in Afghanistan Foundation. Because his daughter plays on the Afghan National Soccer Team, he understands the important role sports can play in an Afghan girl’s life.



For more information regarding the event, please contact Susan McBeth at (619) 300-2532 or at susan@adventuresbythebook.com. For review copies of interview requests, please contact Tricia van Dockum at (619) 795-3498 or at tricia@olliemedia.com.

Wednesday, November 14 (6 to 7:30 pm) Fallbrook’s Writers Read presents true-crime author Caitlin Rother, preceded by open mic for poetry, prose. At Café des Artistes, 103 S. Main, Fallbrook, CA., enter from the rear parking lot. For more information, contact K-B Gressitt at kbgressitt@gmail.com or 760-522-1064, or visit www.excusemeimwriting.com/writers-read/.

November 15 (Thursday, 5:30 to 7:30 pm) — You are invited to Authors Under the Stars! sponsored by the Old Town Gift Co! Please RSVP by replying to: oldtowngiftco@gmail.com. This special event is for literature buffs to meet and greet some of San Diego’s most popular local authors. Authors Under the Stars is a free event in Old Town’s Fiesta de Reyes and will showcase five local authors in the open-air courtyard with complimentary appetizers.

Authors Under the Stars will feature the following local authors: Tom Kirkbride, author of the AR approved GAMADIN series, Diana Lindsay, author of "Ricardo Breceda: Accidental Artist," Garner Palenske, author of "Wyatt Earp in San Diego: Life after Tombstone," R.D. Riccoboni, artist and author of “The Big Picture: The Seven Step Guide For Creative Success In Business,” and Cindy Truelove, budding author of "Walking Naked." Guests will get to hear these authors discuss their works in the intimate, outdoor setting of the Fiesta de Reyes courtyard under the autumn night sky.

The event will also feature a question-and-answer portion and opportunities for one-on-one conversations and book signings with each author. A signed book from a local author would be a great gift, and a great addition to your collection at home.

November 15 (Thursday, 7:30 pm) — Warwick's will host debut author Edward Cozza, who will discuss and sign his novel Nowhere Yet. This event is free and open to the public. In order to be signed, the book must be purchased from Warwick's.

Background: When Rex calls after years of being incommunicado, his best friend Grant is hesitant to accept his invitation. Just like the old days, Rex knows the buttons to push. He has invited Annie, the woman Grant thought he was going to marry. Former friends and lost loves reconnect on a long, playful and soul searching weekend in Palm Springs. Each discovering they hold hopes long forgotten, each hold fears that the best times of their lives may have already passed by. The mending of emotional fences take them further than they thought possible. Rekindled feelings and new awakenings show them some paths not previously considered. After all these years, all these lives, all this time, is it possible that the best of their lives is yet to come?

All agree to meet, and sparks of longing, anger, uncertainty and love combine to commence considerable flames burning in all of them. The introduction of a couple of new personalities to the mix, give them additional viewpoints to their lives to consider. Annie's friend Kat, gives her wisdom to help stabilize the situation. An intuitive, Isobelle, meets and gives the wayward friends a great deal to think about in how they are to address the future. Grant's aching for Annie, Rex's hunger for crazy adventures, Annie's longing for a normal life, and Isobelle's sudden attraction to Grant, make for an exciting mingling of everyone's emotions, and the hopes of a future void of the uncertainty they have all been holding.

Warwick’s, 7812 Girard Avenue | La Jolla, Ca | 92037 | Ph. (858) 454-0347 | www.warwicks.com.

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