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Keep it Wild with the Biologists

Join Bob Allen and Fred Roberts, renowned biologists and authors of “Wildflowers of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains,” as they discuss and sign their new book at the Nix Nature Center in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Feb. 12, 6- 8:30 p.m. Your book purchase supports...

Pioneering AIDS Activist Shares Memoir

Sean Strub charts his remarkable life in “Body counts: A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS, and Survival,” which he will discuss and sign at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway, Thursday, Feb. 6, 6 p.m. Strub is founder of POZ magazine, producer of the play “The Night Larry...

Local Author Spins the Color Wheel

Local author and Laguna Beach Independent columnist Randy Kraft will read from and sign copies of her new book, “Colors of the Wheel,” at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway, on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 6 p.m. Kraft also writes a book blog for OCinSite.com and her short play...

Local Author Publishes Third Book

“The Hidden Lives of Librarians,” a novel by local author and community activist Bette Anderson, has recently been published by Publish Americas.  The story reveals the behind-the-scenes lives of five librarians and the culture of a large Eastern school district. “I wrote the...

OCBookBlog Reviews ‘Two Deserts’

By Randy Kraft Laguna writer Julie Brickman must be a very good writing teacher. At a book launch party recently at the home of Ed Kaufman and Karen Redding, she spoke eloquently about “interiority” in fiction, those moments when the inner thoughts and feelings of a character...

Surf Icon Returns to the Home Break

San Clemente’s Surfing Heritage and Culture Center hosts a book launch on Saturday, Dec. 7, for author Paul Holmes as well as his subject, former Laguna Beach resident Hobie Alter. Holmes’ work, “Hobie: Master of Water, Wind and Waves,” will be available at the event, 110 Calle...

New Book Touts the Town

        Helen Polins-Jones                   Sally Eastwood Brooks Street Books invites the public to meet Sally Eastwood and Helen Polins-Jones, authors of the new book, “101 Things to Love About Laguna,” on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 4- 6 p.m. at Laguna Beach...

Diving Into an Underwater Jewel Box

Local resident Beverly Factor’s luscious underwater photos debut in her newest book, “Seaduction, the Sensuous Side of the Sea.” Factor captures nature’s complexity with images that display patterns textures and movement. The 176-page, $60 coffee table book’s forward is written...

The Write Stuff 11/15/13

LBB Book Club Reads ‘Hologram for a King’ On November 20 The Laguna Beach Books book club discusses “Hologram for a King” by Dave Eggers for its November meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 20 at 1200 S. Coast Hwy. Refreshments will be served. The group meets on...

The Write Stuff 11/8/13

Recounting County History With a Modern Perspective  Tustin resident Phil Brigandi’s “Orange County Chronicles” looks beyond the county’s popular image of beautiful people in beach cities to the often overlooked workaday lives in Anaheim, the barrios of Santa Ana, townhouse...

The Write Stuff 11/1/13

Author Revisits First Female Olympic Track Competitors Author Victoria Patterson, author of “The Peerless Four,” signs her sports work at Laguna Beach Books, Sunday, Nov. 3, at 4 p.m. Her is the world of the female athletes in the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics, the first games in which...

The Write Stuff 10/25/13

Book Blooms With Local Flora The latest publication from Laguna Wilderness Press is “Wildflowers of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains” by Robert L. Allen and Fred M. Roberts, Jr. Wilderness Press is “Wildflowers of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains” by Robert L....

Write Stuff 10/4/13

Christian Author Opens Up to Oprah Controversial Christian author, former megachurch pastor and Laguna Beach resident Rob Bell sits down with Oprah Winfrey on her spirituality-themed “Super Soul Sunday” program. Bell’s latest book, “What We Talk About When We Talk...

The Write Stuff 9/27/13

Author’s Debut Novel Receives Praise Local Laguna Beach author Suzanne Redfearn is receiving early praise for her debut novel, “Hush Little Baby” which will be released on Tuesday, Oct. 8. Redfearn will celebrate by hosting launch party and book signing that evening 5-7 p.m. at...

The Write Stuff 9/20/13

Poets Elevate the Discussion at Laguna Books Laguna Beach Books welcomes local poets John Gardiner and Charles Redner to the store at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22, 1200 S. Coast Hwy, Suite 105. Gardiner will read from his new book, “Coyote Blues,” and Charles Redner will read from...