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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...

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...

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...

Local Author Adds a Title

“When I Grow Up I Want to Be… a Firefighter!” is the latest addition to the series of books created by local author Kim Ressler. The series seeks to inspire by introducing young readers to people who serve their community through their vocations. The new title is now available at...

Music Producer Writes Tell-All

Laguna Beach Books welcomes Ken Caillat, author of “Making Rumours: The Inside Story of the Classic Fleetwood Mac Album,” at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16 to the Woman’s Club, 286 St. Ann’s Drive. Tickets for this event are $40 and include a copy of the book and refreshments. They...

Keep it Wild with the Biologists

Join Bob Allen and Fred Roberts, renowned biologists and authors of “Wildflowers of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains,” as they discuss and sign their new book at the Nix Nature Center in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Feb. 12, 6- 8:30 p.m. Your book purchase supports...

Pioneering AIDS Activist Shares Memoir

Sean Strub charts his remarkable life in “Body counts: A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS, and Survival,” which he will discuss and sign at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway, Thursday, Feb. 6, 6 p.m. Strub is founder of POZ magazine, producer of the play “The Night Larry...

Local Author Spins the Color Wheel

Local author and Laguna Beach Independent columnist Randy Kraft will read from and sign copies of her new book, “Colors of the Wheel,” at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway, on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 6 p.m. Kraft also writes a book blog for OCinSite.com and her short play...

Local Author Publishes Third Book

“The Hidden Lives of Librarians,” a novel by local author and community activist Bette Anderson, has recently been published by Publish Americas.  The story reveals the behind-the-scenes lives of five librarians and the culture of a large Eastern school district. “I wrote the...

OCBookBlog Reviews ‘Two Deserts’

By Randy Kraft Laguna writer Julie Brickman must be a very good writing teacher. At a book launch party recently at the home of Ed Kaufman and Karen Redding, she spoke eloquently about “interiority” in fiction, those moments when the inner thoughts and feelings of a character...

Surf Icon Returns to the Home Break

San Clemente’s Surfing Heritage and Culture Center hosts a book launch on Saturday, Dec. 7, for author Paul Holmes as well as his subject, former Laguna Beach resident Hobie Alter. Holmes’ work, “Hobie: Master of Water, Wind and Waves,” will be available at the event, 110 Calle...

New Book Touts the Town

        Helen Polins-Jones                   Sally Eastwood Brooks Street Books invites the public to meet Sally Eastwood and Helen Polins-Jones, authors of the new book, “101 Things to Love About Laguna,” on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 4- 6 p.m. at Laguna Beach...

Diving Into an Underwater Jewel Box

Local resident Beverly Factor’s luscious underwater photos debut in her newest book, “Seaduction, the Sensuous Side of the Sea.” Factor captures nature’s complexity with images that display patterns textures and movement. The 176-page, $60 coffee table book’s forward is written...

The Write Stuff 11/15/13

LBB Book Club Reads ‘Hologram for a King’ On November 20 The Laguna Beach Books book club discusses “Hologram for a King” by Dave Eggers for its November meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 20 at 1200 S. Coast Hwy. Refreshments will be served. The group meets on...

The Write Stuff 11/8/13

Recounting County History With a Modern Perspective  Tustin resident Phil Brigandi’s “Orange County Chronicles” looks beyond the county’s popular image of beautiful people in beach cities to the often overlooked workaday lives in Anaheim, the barrios of Santa Ana, townhouse...