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Category: The Write Stuff

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The Write Stuff 2/15/13

The Write Stuff 2/15/13

Dreaming Like Einstein  Laguna Beach Books hosts a cook club discussing “Einstein’s Dreams” by Alan Lightman on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m., 1200 S. Coast Highway. For full schedule of events, contact Danielle Bauter at 949-494-4779 or email her at [email protected]   Hooking the ‘Perfect Bait’ Laguna Beach resident Michael Fowlkes says his “Perfect […]

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The Write Stuff 2/1/13

The Write Stuff 2/1/13

Author Visits, Stirs It Up Author David Dusty Cupple will read selections and sign copies of his novel “Stir It Up: The CIA Targets Jamaica, Bob Marley and the Progressive Manley Government” at Sound Spectrum Records, 1264 S. Coast Highway, on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 1 p.m.           Author Tells of […]

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Author Ginder Comes to Laguna

Author Ginder Comes to Laguna

Laguna Beach Books will welcome and host author Grant Ginder on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 6 p.m. at 1200 S. Coast Highway Suite 105. Ginder will plug his second and latest novel “Driver’s Education.” There is no charge for the event. On Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 6:30 p.m., the January Book Club meets to discuss […]

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Erudite Pair Discover Pop Fiction

Erudite Pair Discover Pop Fiction

Retired UC Irvine faculty members and Laguna Beach residents Margot Norris and her husband, Rowland Davis, teamed up five years ago to write mysteries together. “We’re obviously not in this for the money,” Norris said, referring to the $2.50 in royalties earned by their first novel, “Murder at Astron Bay,” released in 2009. Their second […]

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Local Writer Revisits Past Works

Local Writer Revisits Past Works

Local writer and activist Arnold Hano officially launches the reissue of three of his early novels in an omnibus titled “3 Steps To Hell” with a book signing Sunday, Nov. 11 at Laguna Beach Books 1200 S. Coast Highway #105 at 1 p.m.  The collection is published by Stark House Press in Eureka, California. Hano, […]

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Lincoln Scholar Visits to Sign Biography

Lincoln Scholar Visits to Sign Biography

Laguna Beach Books welcomes Walter Stahr, author of “Seward: Lincoln’s Indispensable Man,” on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 5 p.m. Stahr will appear at the local bookstore and sign his memoir about Seward, one of the 19th-century’s most important figures: progressive governor of New York, outspoken federal senator, favorite to win the 1860 Republican nomination, secretary […]

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Weber Surfs Into History Books

Weber Surfs Into History Books

The much-anticipated biography of flamboyant surfing legend Dewey Weber (1938-1993) is the inspiration for an exhibition that will open to the public Sunday, Sept. 30 and run through Sunday, Nov. 4 at Surfing Heritage Foundation, 110 Calle Iglesia, San Clemente. “Little Man On Wheels” is the story of the modern surf culture in Southern California […]

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MMA Book Author Set to Visit, Demo Skills

MMA Book Author Set to Visit, Demo Skills

World champion mixed martial arts fighter and Laguna Beach resident Frank Shamrock will hold a demonstration of fighting techniques and a signing for his new book Saturday, Oct. 27 at 11 a.m at Optimus Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 31151 Niguel Road in Laguna Niguel. Laguna Beach Books will host the signing for Shamrock’s book, “Uncaged: My Life […]

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Cycling Photo Travelogue Published

Cycling Photo Travelogue Published

“A Life of Mountain Bike Adventures,” a photo essay, offers a detailed glimpse into the 25-year career of Laguna Beach resident and professional mountain biker Hans Rey, riding in beautiful and remote places. Rey’s adventure traversed Machu Picchu in Peru, the glaciers of the Alps, the Pyramids of Egypt, the Himalayas, and the jungles of Borneo. The […]

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Author Appears With New Novel

Author Appears With New Novel

Laguna Beach resident and author Kaira Rouda makes her first local appearance Sunday, Sept. 30 at 5 p.m. at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Hwy. Rouda’s latest work, “All the Difference,” is a mystery novel.

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Tree Book Author Schedules Talks

Tree Book Author Schedules Talks

Gil Thibault, Laguna Beach resident and newly minted author of the children’s educational book “Bristlecone Pine Tree, The World’s Oldest-Known Living Tree,” will be sharing his expertise in local talks. On Oct. 3, he will be at the Dana Point Library at 7 p.m.; before the Laguna Beach Rotary Club at noon on Friday, Oct. […]

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Local Surfer, Entrepreneur Gives Back

Local Surfer, Entrepreneur Gives Back

Ron McElroy knows what it is like to come from the wrong side of the tracks. A native of Hawaii who grew up in southern California and now lives in Laguna Beach, McElroy comes from a family that battled mental illness, abuse, drugs, and alcohol. Despite the overwhelming odds, he went on to enjoy a […]

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A Personal Memoir Reflects South Africa’s Chaos

A Personal Memoir Reflects South Africa’s Chaos

By Robin Pierson, Special to the Independent   Niki Smart is living, thriving proof that transformation is possible and that a horrendous childhood can be overcome. Molested by her grandfather at 9, drinking by 12, having sex at 13, all the while living with a bizarre, scandalous, mentally ill mother incapable of mothering, Smart plunged […]

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Award-winning Author Visits Bookstore

Award-winning Author Visits Bookstore

In the days preceding the Jewish New Year celebration, Maggie Anton, award-winning author of the trilogy of historical novels, “Rashi’s Daughters,” will speak about her new book, “Rav Hisda’s Daughter,” at Laguna Beach Books ,1200 S. Coast Highway, on Sept. 9 at 5 p.m. Anton’s historical novel is based on actual Talmud texts and populated with its rabbis […]

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Author Invites Kids’ Feedback on ‘Baluka’

Author Invites Kids’ Feedback on ‘Baluka’

Local entrepreneur Marian Keegan, owner of Laguna’s Art of Fitness & Spa, has released a children’s book entitled “Baluka & Friends” ($17.95, hardcover, ages 3 to 8), which is the story of a whimsical yet awkward character who spends all of his days and nights trying to fly inspired by Keegan’s daughter Victoria. Keegan invites […]