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Bestselling Author John Hart Returns Author John Hart will be discussing his latest book, “Redemption Road” with radio host Marrie Stone at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 2, at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway. The literary thriller brims with tension, secrets, and betrayal....

Kraft Animates ‘Signs of Life’

Writer Randy Kraft will discuss her newest book, “Signs of Life,” at 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway. “Signs of Life” is about love, loss, friendship, secrets, the right to die and the right to choose how to live. Kraft first wrote the book...

Kaira Rouda’s Laguna World

Writer Kaira Rouda might be mistaken for a pop culture Orange County housewife and some of the characters in her novels might be kissing cousins. However Rouda is Midwestern born and even-tempered, so even the worst of her characters are more in need of redemption than...
Posted On 05 May 2016

Author Seeks to Inspire Women to Travel

Laguna local Nikki Duplisea has written “Third Chance Love, 3,000 Miles of Chances to Find Love After 50,” a guide for older women. “It’s about getting out and having fun and finding the right places to go if you’re over 50,” said Duplisea. During her summers off while in...

Poet Creates from the Heart

Laguna local Ellen Girardeau Kempler is this year’s winner of the Blackwater International Poetry Festival held each July in County Cork, Ireland. “It’s the first acceptance I’ve had in many months—after many, many submissions and rejections,” she said. The...
Posted On 07 Apr 2016

Author Brings Debut Novel to Laguna

The award-winning writer and editor Andrew Roe will sign his new book, “The Miracle Girl,” at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 3, at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway. The work is the author’s first novel about how becoming a believer in anything can become physically sustaining....

Former Reality TV Star Returns to her Hometown

Entrepreneur, designer, and star of the former reality show “Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County,” Kristin Cavallari will sign her new book, “Balancing in Heels” at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 20. The author will discuss her approach to...

Women Who Misbehave Intrigue Fiction Writer

By Kathryn Lang-Slattery, Special to the Independent In a recent phone interview, best-selling author, Meg Waite Clayton shared why she left her career as a corporate lawyer to become a novelist and her interest in the role women play in wartime. “I came of age in the 1970s in...

Hills to Discuss Book on Citizenship

Local resident Howard Hills will discuss his new book, “Citizens Without a State,” at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 6, at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway. The book examines the legacy of the Spanish American war through the prism of American rule in Puerto Rico and other...

Author Adds Literature to Montage’s Amenities

The Montage resort adds a literary component to their children’s activities program with the addition of Brad Meltzer’s book series, Ordinary People Change the World. Next week, during, National Read Across America Day on Wednesday, March 2, the resort will integrate Meltzer’s...

Local Writer Publishes Fantasy Fiction

  “Not Your Time to Die,” the fourth novel by 40-year resident Ron Stock, was released last December. Stock, a longtime insurance broker and track and field athlete, penned a novel about a 70-year-old sprinter who enters the 2016 Rio Olympics with the help Leslie, his...

Top-Selling Author Explores High School Peer Pressure

“The Goodbye Year,” written by Laguna local Kaira Rouda will be available in paperback and for the Kindle in May. It is the dramatic story of family dysfunction, high school graduation and the impending bitterness of an empty nest. Rouda is an award-winning author of contemporary...

Author Builds Story of Fame’s Downside

By Randy Kraft, Special to the Independent Suzanne Redfearn writes novels the way she once shaped interiors. The former architect comes up with an idea, researches the essentials, and builds a plot. With her first novel, “Hush Little Baby,” published in 2013, the domestic...

Best-Selling Author Comes to Laguna

Editor and author Susan Dworkin will discuss her book, “The Nazi Officer’s Wife” at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 24. The true story of love and terror during the Holocaust was on the New York Times Bestseller List for 30 weeks in 2014....

Book Explores Early Advocate of Hallucinogens

Local author Allene Symons will discuss her latest book, “Aldous Huxley’s Hands: His Quest for Perception and the Origin and Return of Psychedelic Science” at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 10 at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway. Symons had no inkling that Aldous Huxley was once...