Authors of Laguna Valentine Find a New Venue


Sally Eastwood and Helen Polins-Jones, the author and illustrator of the recently published “101 Things to Love About Laguna Beach,” will be at the Festival of Arts gift shop from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16 to sign copies of their book.

Polins-Jones, a watercolorist, will also be displaying her original illustrations for the book.

The authors collaborated to create what they call an illustrated love letter to their adopted hometown.


Award-Winning Storyteller Shares His Insights

Laguna Beach Books welcomes noted author Richard Bauschfor a 6 p.m. talk and book signing Thursday, Aug. 21, 1200 S. Coast Highway.

From the recipient of short story and literature awards comes “Before, During, After,” an account of a relationship threatened by secrets and set against the backdrop of national tragedy.

Bausch, the author of nine other novels and seven volumes of short stories, plumbs the complexities of public and personal trauma, in prose that is direct, exact, and lyrical.


Skipper’s Book Rounds the Bases

Skipper Carrillo
Skipper Carrillo

Skipper Carrillo, the local baseball icon who coined the phrase “Have a home run day,” will sign books with his sister, author Alice Rowe, at The Sawdust Festival Thursday, Aug. 21, from 6 to 10 p.m., says the festivalʼs general manager, Tom Klingenmeier.

“Have a Home Run Day” describes the life of Carrillo, known for wearing a different baseball uniform daily, loyally attending youth athletic events, and peppering his speech with baseball trivia and terminology. Carrillo is the namesake of the high school field.

“Skipper Carrillo is the extraordinary man known as ʻMr. Home Run Day.ʼ Born prematurely, Skipper grew up with a disability that gave him a unique ability to express love with a pure heart and spirit,” wrote Dr. Gary Arthur on the back cover of the book, available at Tuvalu and Laguna Beach Books.


Local Author Releases Hobie’s Biography

Journalist and author Paul Holmes’ biography about Hobie Alter, the genius innovator who changed the culture of surfing and sailing, is now available in an archival clam-shell case for $299.

For more information, or to place an order for “Hobie – Master of Water, Wind and Waves,” visit: or call 949-723-0229.

Paul Holmes
Paul Holmes



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