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Category: The Write Stuff

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 Looking at the American Dream

Looking at the American Dream

Matthew Thomas will discuss his debut novel “We are Not Ourselves” at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 19, at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway. Thomas charts the story of the American Century, particularly the promise of domestic bliss and economic prosperity that captured hearts and minds after World War II. This is now […]

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Writer Switches From Clinician to Fiction

Writer Switches From Clinician to Fiction

As a licensed speech-language pathologist, Pat Jackson-Colando has written thousands of clinical reports and some of them contained fabulous fiction. Now the Irvine resident writes for fun and freedom of expression. She will describe that career turn at a 4 p.m. book signing Sunday, Sept. 14 at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway. Her book, […]

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Award Winning Novelist Comes to Laguna

Award Winning Novelist Comes to Laguna

Former actor and television executive Brett Halsey visits Laguna Beach Books, 1200 South Coast Highway, Sunday, Aug. 31 at 4 p.m. to discuss and sign his fourth novel, “A Grave Misunderstanding,” a dark thriller. The event is free.                         Let the Dog Listen at […]

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Authors of Laguna Valentine Find a New Venue

Authors of Laguna Valentine Find a New Venue

Sally Eastwood and Helen Polins-Jones, the author and illustrator of the recently published “101 Things to Love About Laguna Beach,” will be at the Festival of Arts gift shop from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16 to sign copies of their book. Polins-Jones, a watercolorist, will also be displaying her original illustrations for the […]

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Author Arrives in Laguna Beach

Author Arrives in Laguna Beach

Novelist and Chapman college instructor Richard Bausch will discuss his new book at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21 at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway. “Before, During, After” is a passionate account of a relationship threatened by secrets, set against the backdrop of national tragedy.  

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Best Selling Novelist Comes to Laguna

Best Selling Novelist Comes to Laguna

New York Times bestselling author Lisa See visitsSunday, July 13, at 4 p.m. for atalk and book signing at the Woman’s Club of Laguna Beach, 286 St. Ann’s Dr. Tickets are $35 and include a wine and cheese reception and a copy of her new book, “China Dolls.” Tickets can be purchased at Laguna Beach […]

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Laguna Beach Books Hosts Rick Springfield and Other Novelists

Laguna Beach Books Hosts Rick Springfield and Other Novelists

Laguna Beach Books hosts musician, actor and author Rick Springfield for a ticketed event from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. next Friday, June 20, when he will perform a couple of songs and sign copies of his debut novel “Magnificent Vibration.” Later the same day, the shop will host best friends Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke, […]

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Open Mic for Writers Resumes at a New Venue

Open Mic for Writers Resumes at a New Venue

The former hosts of Dime Stories, local residents Michele McCormick and Ed Kaufman, invite writers to an expanded open mic experience where they can read or perform original, three-minute stories, poems or songs Sunday, June 8.The readings will take place at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway.The first event will shape the direction of […]

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Award Winning Author Makes Her Case

Award Winning Author Makes Her Case

New York Times best selling novelist Mona Simpson signs her new novel, “Casebook” at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 South Coast Highway, Sunday, May 25, at 4 p.m. The author is on the faculty at UCLA and teaches at Bard College.

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Freshman Novelist Comes to Laguna

Freshman Novelist Comes to Laguna

Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway, welcomes Michelle Gable, first time author of the novel “The Paris Apartment” on Sunday, May 18, at 4 p.m. Free.  

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Attorney, Actor, Author Appears at Book Store

Attorney, Actor, Author Appears at Book Store

Former attorney Matthew Arkin, a critically acclaimed actor and acting teacher with 45 years of theatrical experience, discusses his novel, “In the Country of the Blind” at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 27 at Laguna Beach Books. The free event takes place at 1200 S. Coast Highway.  

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Author, Candidate Advocates for Election Reform

Author, Candidate Advocates for Election Reform

Derek Cressman, a candidate for Secretary of State and author of “The Recall’s Broken Promise: How Big Money Still Runs California Politics,” arrives in Laguna Beach on Friday, April 25. He’s here to sign his work at 6 p.m. at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway. Cressman, a former vice president of Common Cause, […]

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Finding Spiritual Wisdom in Pen and Ink

Finding Spiritual Wisdom in Pen and Ink

By Robin Pierson, Special to the Independent In his latest book, “Keeping the Faith Without a Religion,” spiritual guide and culture observer Roger Housden encourages readers to peel back layers of doctrine to perhaps uncover truths that resonate more with their personal experience. Author of the best-selling “Ten Poems to Change Your Life,” Housden has […]

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Mystic Arts Hosts Local Author

Mystic Arts Hosts Local Author

Local author and founder of the Green Valentine’s Festival, Satyanna Chris Luken,  invites the public to a book-signing party for her latest work, “I-WE Imagine Wisdom Education,” at the Mystic Arts, 670 S. Coast Highway, on April 2 from 12-2 p.m. and 6 -8 p.m. The book-signing party includes free educational activities and introduces the […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

Living With Corrections Stocks are closing the quarter down around 2% for March and breakeven for the year so far. After strong performance in 2013 following a good year in 2012, some loss of momentum is normal. The market’s uptrend has been under increasing pressure for weeks and it appears to be entering a correction. […]