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April 26, 2012 (San Diego) -- The calendar of SDWRITEWAY for the end of April contains multiple events. For further information, please see the website at
April 28 (Saturday, 2:00 pm) — Former San Diego resident and veteran video game designer Erin Hoffman’s Lance of Earth and Sky presents her characters with the challenge of dealing with the consequences of the actions they took in Sword of Fire and Sea, especially the decision to rekindle elemental magic in the world of Andovar.
Now merchant captain Vidarian Rulorat dwells in a world at war, and faces a powerful adversary, the Alorian Import Company, in the second installment in the high adventure fantasy series. Location: Private residence in La Jolla; address and directions provided upon registration.

Mysterious Galaxy, 7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Ste 302. For additional information, phone 858.268.4747 or go to

April 28 (Saturday, 7:00 pm) — SDSU Professor David Matlin will read from his new novel A HalfMan Dreaming at D.G.Wills Books, 7461 Girard Avenue, La Jolla,

“At its simplest, this is a story of a Mexican-American kid grown up under the shadow of the atomic bomb, trying to find his way out of the maze of violence and racism of the desert of post-Second World War Southern California. But this is a novel that aims to be more than a novel and risks being less than a novel as Lupe embarks on a quest that takes him through history, archaeology, and mythology in his search for the ground of his own and America’s violence. Anyone who has noted the dark stain spreading through our contemporary world will conclude it was worth the risk.” — David Antin

David Matlin is a novelist, poet, and essayist. His collections of poetry and prose include the books China Beach, Dressed In Protective Fashion, and Fontana's Mirror. His first novel, How the Night is Divided, was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1993. Vernooykill Creek: The Crisis of Prisons in America, published by San Diego State University Press, was based on a ten-year experience teaching in one of the oldest Prison Education Programs in the nation in New York State. Matlin studied with Robert Creeley, John Clarke, Diane Christian, and wrote his PhD on William Blake at the State University of New York at Buffalo. His interests lie primarily with Black Mountain, the writers of the San Francisco Renaissance, with the visual arts, and the questions and concerns posed at the threshold of a new century.
April 28, (Sat. 10 am to 12 noon) — Publishers and Writers of San Diego (PWSD) will hold its monthly meeting at the Carlsbad Library, 1775 Dove Lane. The topic for the meeting is “How to Use Speaking to Mine Gold and Boost Book Sales.” The presenter, Sheryl Roush, President/CEO of Sparkle Presentations, Inc., is an internationally top-rated speaker, graphic design studio owner, and noted speaking coach. She will discuss tapping into the rich veins of unique markets for selling books, leveraging public speaking to promote books, gain credibility, and boost sales, and what gets placed where in promotional materials to get radiant results. 

Anyone interested or involved in writing, editing, publishing, designing, or anything related to books is welcome to attend. Members cost $10, non-members $15. Visit for more information and to register for the meeting. 

April 28 (Saturday) — San Diego Writers, Inc. presents How to Give a Poetry Reading w/ Ron Salisbury. For additional details, go
April 28 (Saturday, 3:00 to 5:00 pm) — Marni Freedman's ongoingScreenwriting Read & Critique has a couple of openings. The group meets Saturdays, 3-5 pm @ Cafe Libertalia in Hillcrest. Email Marni. For additional details, go to:
April 29 (Sunday) — Adventures by the Book, in partnership with the Junior League of San Diego, presents a Fancy Nancy Tea Adventure with beloved New York Times bestselling children’s illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser, at 12:30pm, at The Westgate Hotel, 1055 Second Avenue, San Diego 92101. This is a ticketed event ($39 per adult, $49 per child to include a signed book) that includes an elegant afternoon tea created especially for the young attendees, a signed book for all children, a reading, Q&A, and signing by the author, a donation to the Junior League of San Diego, and an opportunity to meet the author up close and personal in an intimate setting. Books will be available for sale at the event courtesy of Yellow Book Road.
About the Book: Fancy Nancy is known to millions of little girls for her dazzling wardrobe, her impressive vocab and her fondness for anything French. In Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet, Fancy Nancy and her best friend are thrilled to perform in their first ballet recital but, alas, they do not win the coveted starring role. Is there a way to bring fancy flair to their un-stupendous roles? Tiny tutu-wearing fans will delight in this sweet theatrical story, complete with more fancy words and creative fun from everyone’s favorite fancy girl.

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

April 29 (Sun. 1:00 - 2:30pm) — Type: Free Workshop/Author Signing
Title: Writing Children's Books/Self Publishing
Info: Step-By-Step Process from "the Idea" to the bookstore shelf.
Presenter: Cindy Schuricht, Author & Self-Publisher: 
The Pig and The Dragon
Place: Open Door Books, 4761 Cass Street, San Diego, CA 92109/Parking available. 
April 30 (Monday, 6:00 pm) — World Book Night Recap Party in San Diego. Givers and readers alike are invited to Mysterious Galaxy’s Reflection Mixer. Come and reflect on your World Book Night experiences and share with other givers, including the Mysterious Galaxy staff. Mingle over light appetizers and beverages and learn about other givers’ experiences. We will share answers to our questionnaire and have some prizes for most unique, profound, funny and beautiful answers to our questions. Again, if you want to be filmed for You Tube presentations, come with make up on and ready to star in our show.

At 7:00 pm, join Orson Scott Card, author of World Book Night title Ender's Game. Scott will converse about the Enderverse, including the forthcoming film and Shadows in Flight, with the audience and give you a pat on the back for being a giver of books on World Book Night.

For more information about World Book Night, please check the World Book Night website. See the main WBN page for the complete list of books.
April 30 (Monday, 12:00 pm)— Adventures by the Book, in partnership with Ladies, Lunch & Literacy, presents a Song of AchillesGreek Luncheon Adventure with critically-acclaimed debut novelist Madeline Miller, on, at a private residence in La Jolla (details to be provided upon registration). This is a ticketed event ($65 per person) that includes an authentic Greek luncheon, a signed, first edition, hardcover copy of The Song of Achilles, author discussion, Q&A, and signing, a donation to the One Book, One San Diego program, and an opportunity to meet the author up close and personal in an intimate setting. Books provided courtesy of Mysterious Galaxy.

About the Book: Profoundly moving and breathtakingly original, this rendering of the epic Trojan War is a dazzling feat of the imagination, a devastating love story, and an almighty battle between gods and kings, peace and glory, immortal fame, and the human heart.

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

April 30 (Monday, 4:00 pm) — The San Diego City Library is hosting a reading for Kate Harding on -- in the main lobby at 820 E Street San Diego, CA 92101. She will be reading from her first collection of poetry – Santa Monica Disposal & Salvage – just published by Garden Oak Press. 

The collection is written under her maiden name, Penny Perry. It has been praised by Marge Piercy and Steve Kowit, whose blurb appears on the back cover: "The poems in Santa Monica Disposal & Salvage create the moving story of the author’s difficult and troubled childhood and adolescence. The family portraits are sharply drawn and the story that emerges utterly believable and compelling. Penny Perry’s poetry graceful, engaging, and free of rhetorical excess allows her tale to unfold much the way it would in any captivating prose memoir. Santa Monica Disposal & Salvage is powerful, precise, and a book you will not soon forget." 
Penny (Kate) will also be reading from the new San Diego Poetry Annual, which contains two of her poems. 

There will be a Q&A following the 30-minute reading. She will have a limited number of copies with her for signing/selling. The collection is already available online at and at The reading was made possible through a recommendation by Shadab Zeest Hashmi. The Poems and Stories of Edgar Allan Poe.


April 30 (Noon) — Brown Bag: Tuesdays at The Ink Spot. For additional details, go to: 

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