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Local Couple Illustrate Sea Book


The husband-wife team Ret and Karen Talbot will collaborate on a new book.

Laguna Beach residents Ret and Karen Talbot have been named co-author and illustrator in a book project about a coral reef fish indigenous to a remote Indonesian archipelago.


A fulltime freelance writer and photographer who frequently covers fisheries issues, Ret will embed with a scientific expedition travelling to Indonesia in May to study the species, and he will then co-author the book based in part on that experience. Karen, a scientific illustrator and fine artist known locally as a Sawdust Art Festival exhibitor, will be the book’s primary scientific illustrator.


The book, with the working title “Banggai Rescue,” is planned for publication in late 2012 by Reef to Rainforest, a Vermont-based publisher.




Entertainment Lawyer Reveals a Gritty Side


Peter Afrasiabi’s latest work.

Laguna Beach-based entertainment litigator and law professor Peter Afrasiabi’s  new book “Show Trials,” to be released May 1, puts a spotlight on immigration rights practices in the nation’s courts.


He said “Show Trials” describes shocking and legal constitutional rights violations in his other career as a pro bono attorney, where he litigates federal appellate immigration cases as founder of Chapman University Law School’s 9th Circuit Appellate Litigation Clinic. He is the current co-director of UCI’s Appellate Litigation Clinic.




Saying Goodbye to Your Dog

Geoffrey Bain, author of  “Just One More Day,” a dog lover’s guide to saying good-bye, will be in the Anything Canine Boutique, 357 S. Coast Highway, on Thursday, April 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. to discuss and sign copies his book.


The book gives counsel and comfort for those dealing with the loss of a beloved pet.

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Local Author to Sign Books


Author Paula Rose Michelson, of Laguna Woods, will be available to sign copies of her book, “Casa de Naomi: The House of Blessing—Book 1”, on April 7, from 1-3 p.m., at Powell’s Sweet Shoppe, 27000 Alicia Pkwy., Laguna Niguel.


For more information, contact Traci Jones at 888-361-9473 or [email protected]

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