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Local Writer Publishes Fantasy Fiction

  “Not Your Time to Die,” the fourth novel by 40-year resident Ron Stock, was released last December. Stock, a longtime insurance broker and track and field athlete, penned a novel about a 70-year-old sprinter who enters the 2016 Rio Olympics with the help Leslie, his...

Top-Selling Author Explores High School Peer Pressure

“The Goodbye Year,” written by Laguna local Kaira Rouda will be available in paperback and for the Kindle in May. It is the dramatic story of family dysfunction, high school graduation and the impending bitterness of an empty nest. Rouda is an award-winning author of contemporary...

Author Builds Story of Fame’s Downside

By Randy Kraft, Special to the Independent Suzanne Redfearn writes novels the way she once shaped interiors. The former architect comes up with an idea, researches the essentials, and builds a plot. With her first novel, “Hush Little Baby,” published in 2013, the domestic...

Best-Selling Author Comes to Laguna

Editor and author Susan Dworkin will discuss her book, “The Nazi Officer’s Wife” at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 24. The true story of love and terror during the Holocaust was on the New York Times Bestseller List for 30 weeks in 2014....

Book Explores Early Advocate of Hallucinogens

Local author Allene Symons will discuss her latest book, “Aldous Huxley’s Hands: His Quest for Perception and the Origin and Return of Psychedelic Science” at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 10 at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway. Symons had no inkling that Aldous Huxley was once...

Surfers Share Their Exploits

Laguna Beach resident Kevin Naughton and Craig Peterson, co-authors of the newly released photo journal, “Search for the Perfect Wave,” will share stories of their trips to Central America and Mexico from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4 at the Surfing Heritage and Culture Center, 110...

First Novel by Laguna Local Released

Roundfire Books will publish “Invisible Wounds” on Friday, Nov. 27, the first novel by Laguna local Dustin Beutin. A screenwriter, Beutin has been recognized by the Academy of Motion Pictures’ Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting for his works “Bataan” and “Washington Fog...

Laguna Local Discusses Her New Book

Retired Laguna Beach teacher, Mary Minerman talks about her new book, The Spinster’s Guide to Dating, at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway at 6 p.m. on Friday Nov. 20. At this free event Minerman presents an unapologetic, politically incorrect, hypocritical, sometimes...

Authors Coming to Laguna

Local author Gordon McAlpine will discuss a new kind of femme fatale from his new book, “The Woman With the Blue Pencil” at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway. McAlpine is president of the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation. The store’s...

Mystery Writer Visits Laguna

  New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth George discusses her newest murder mystery at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway. She wrote “A Banquet of Consequences.” There is no charge for this event.

Veterans Advocate Visits

    Author Joseph Bobrow will discuss “Waking Up from War: A Better Way Home for Veterans and Nations,” at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 25, at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S.Coast Highway. Bobrow is the founding director of Coming Home Project, which provides programs to Iraq and...

Writers Group Begins a New Chapter

Third Street Writers invite the public to attend a presentation of original stories Tuesday, Nov. 3, from 6-7:45 p.m  at the Laguna Beach Library, 363 Glenneyre St. Local writers will present creative fiction and non-fiction works on a variety of themes and subjects. Local...

Social Observer Analyzes Current Trends

Local author and UC Irvine professor John Dombrink discusses “The Twilight of Social Conservatism: American Culture Wars in the Obama Era,” at Laguna Beach Books Friday, Oct. 2 at 6 p.m. Drawing on demographic research, political polls, contemporary media, and internet...

New Book Documents Life of the Canyon

“The Laguna Wilderness,” by local resident Ronald Chilcote, presents the beauty of the Laguna greenbelt in stunning full-page photographs and describes the history of activism and fights against development over the last five decades. The publication was sponsored by the Laguna...

Local Author Discusses New Crime Thriller

Solange Ritchie will discuss her new book, “The Burning Man,” at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 24, at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway.           The novel tells the story of an FBI expert seeking a serial killer; it is set in Orange County. Ritchie, who is also an...