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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.

For more information, see www.AnythingCanine.com.


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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