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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...

Surfers Share Their Exploits

Laguna Beach resident Kevin Naughton and Craig Peterson, co-authors of the newly released photo journal, “Search for the Perfect Wave,” will share stories of their trips to Central America and Mexico from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4 at the Surfing Heritage and Culture Center, 110...

First Novel by Laguna Local Released

Roundfire Books will publish “Invisible Wounds” on Friday, Nov. 27, the first novel by Laguna local Dustin Beutin. A screenwriter, Beutin has been recognized by the Academy of Motion Pictures’ Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting for his works “Bataan” and “Washington Fog...

Laguna Local Discusses Her New Book

Retired Laguna Beach teacher, Mary Minerman talks about her new book, The Spinster’s Guide to Dating, at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway at 6 p.m. on Friday Nov. 20. At this free event Minerman presents an unapologetic, politically incorrect, hypocritical, sometimes...