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Category: The Write Stuff

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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 […]

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‘Freeways to Flip-Flops’ a Gutsy Journey

‘Freeways to Flip-Flops’ a Gutsy Journey

Have you ever felt the expectations of the Southern California lifestyle pressing in on you? Does it ever seem like “keeping up with the Joneses” is driving you into the ground? Do you regret that family time is often supplanted by soccer practice and deadlines, and, well … just life? What do you do when […]

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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 […]

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Handbook Offers Parents’ Hard-Won Wisdom

Handbook Offers Parents’ Hard-Won Wisdom

Resident Anna Krajec continues to wrest meaning from her family’s courageous journey battling their young son’s inoperable brain tumor. Along the way, the Krajecs encountered an extraordinary outpouring of community support before Christofer’s death in 2008, short of his 4th birthday. Drawing from her own bittersweet parenting experience, now Krajec aspire to prepare would-be parents […]

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Taking the Mystery Out of Writing

Taking the Mystery Out of Writing

University of Arizona professor and author Gloria McMillan will present her mystery novel “The Blue Maroon Murder,” at 2 p.m. Friday, June 29, at the Laguna Beach Library, 363 Glenneyre St. McMillan will answer questions and discuss the writing of her book.

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Ancient Tree Seeds a Newly Minted Author

Ancient Tree Seeds a Newly Minted Author

By Justin Swanson, Special to the Independent   Gilbert G. Thibault, a 36-year Laguna Beach resident, recently published his first nonfiction work, “I Am the World’s Oldest-Known Living Tree,” a children’s book about California-native bristlecone pines. Becoming a self-published author is unchartered territory for Thibault, a real-estate broker by trade. However, the facets of education […]

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Peace Dividend Yields Cold-Warrior Novel

Peace Dividend Yields Cold-Warrior Novel

Longtime Laguna Beach resident Stephen Ricker (also known as Len, the wine guy), is hosting a book launch and signing of his 450-page novel, “The Kaserne,” Sunday, June 24, from 1-4 p.m. at Laguna Coffee Company, 1050 S. Coast Highway Ricker worked in Europe for 14 years as a civilian Defense Department cold-warrior until 1989 […]

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The Write Stuff

The Write Stuff

Local Author Sets Romance Novel in Her Hometown Dana Point author Anita Hughes, author of the novel “Monarch Beach,” visits Laguna Beach Books on Friday, June 22, at 6 p.m. The debut novel is about a woman’s journey back to happiness after an affair splinters her perfect marriage and life. The main character spends the […]

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M.F.K. Fisher: Finding Food and Love in Laguna

M.F.K. Fisher: Finding Food and Love in Laguna

Long before Julia Child and Alice Waters, Anthony Bourdain, Ruth Reichl, or the countless other food writers of the last 50 years, M. F. K. Fisher blazed the path and published 30 essay collections, memoirs or translations of French epicureans. Generally acknowledged as the progenitor of food writing, Fisher (born Mary Frances Kennedy) established the […]

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The Write Stuff

The Write Stuff

Author’s Tale Examines Racism and Adoption By Robin Pierson, Special to the Independent   Corie Skolnick starts her novel “Orfan” by foisting heart-breaking bad luck onto an innocent.  In the opening chapters, the character J.D., a mixed raced kid born to a Catholic teenager, is given up for adoption, only to have the loving couple […]

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The Write Stuff

The Write Stuff

Book Club Signs Up for ‘The Hunger Games’ A discussion group about “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins is scheduled for Wednesday, May 23, at 6:30 p.m. at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway. The book club is usually the third Wednesday of every month. For more info: visit www.lagunabeachbooks.com or call 949-494-4779.   […]