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Bicyclist Gulewicz in Monument Valley.

Cyclist Peddles a New Book

 Three-time Ironman finisher Amy Snyder’s journey on an annual cross-country bicycling race is the subject of a book that she will be signing June 4 at Latitude 33 Bookstore, 311 Ocean Ave, from 1-3 p.m.

 In “Hell on Two Wheels: An Astonishing Story of Suffering, Triumph, and the Most Extreme Endurance Race in the World,” Snyder describes the hazards faced by the world’s greatest ultra-distance cyclists. The book documents their struggles and triumphs, and presents a compelling tale about overcoming personal limitations and self-discovery that offers inspirational lessons for all, cyclists and non-cyclists alike.


Poets Turn a Phrase in Person

Laguna Beach Books welcomes poets Colette LaBouff Atkinson, author of “Mean,” and Collier Nogues, author of “On the Other Side, Blue,” at the store, 1200 S. Coast Highway, June 5 at 4 p.m.

They will each read from their works, answer questions, and sign books. There is no charge for this event.

 Atkinson is the acting director of UC Irvine’s Center for Writing and Translation.

Nogues was recently the Fishtrap writer-in-residence for two years in Enterprise, Ore. She’s a graduate of UC Irvine’s master’s in fine art poetry program and lives in Long Beach. 

Book Publisher’s ‘Earthing’ Is a Winner

“Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever?” by Clinton Ober, Stephen T. Sinatra MD, and Martin Zucker, was recently named a 2011 Nautilus silver award winner.

“Earthing” was published last year by Basic Health Publications, founded by Laguna Beach resident Norm Goldfind. A 53-year veteran of trade book and mass-market publishing, Goldfind has specialized in health books for two decades and relocated to Laguna Beach in 2006.

The Laguna operation now has over 200 titles in print and publishes about 15 to 20 books a year, distributed through major chains, independent retailers and on-line booksellers.

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