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, co-authors of “Your Perfect Life,” and Anita Hughes, author of “Lake Como,” at a free book-signing event at beginning at 6 p.m.
Best know for his top 40 pop hits, including “Jessie’s Girl,” and for his portrayal of Dr. Noah Drake on the daytime soap “General Hospital,” Springfield turns his creative energies to novel writing with “Magnificent Vibration.” His protagonist, Bobby, steals a self-help book from a bookstore and calls the 800 number scrawled inside the front cover, only to discover his has a direct line to God. A journey with a sexy companion, by turns hilarious and philosophical ensues. Tickets to the event cost $24.99 plus tax and include a copy of the book. Tickets can be purchased in the store or online at rickspringfield.brownpapertickets.com
More soul-searching adventure can be found in “Your Perfect Life” by Fenton and Steinke, friends since their early years. Their story centers on two childhood friends, one a workaholic host of a gossipy television show and the other a stay-at-home mom, who wake up the morning after their 20th high school reunion to discover that they’ve switched bodies in this “hilarious and heartwarming” debut.
Hughes, too serves up a journey to self discovery in “Lake Como.” Protagonist Hallie Elliot finds her perfect life as an up-and-coming interior designer in San Francisco turned upside down when she discovers her fiancee with her boss in an apparently compromising position. She escapes to Italy to sort out her life and relationships on the shores of Lake Como.
Laguna Beach Books is located at The Old Pottery Place at 1200 S. Coast Highway. For more information: 949 494-4779.
Winning Poets Read Their Verses
La Vida Poética, Laguna Beach Library’s 16th Annual Poetry Contest awards ceremony, will take place at the library, 363 Glenneyre St., on Saturday, July 12, from 1 to 3 p.m. The public is invited to hear local poets of all ages read their winning poems.