The Write Stuff


‘Leadership Coach’ Tries a New Venue

Laguna Beach Books hosts Cliff Shiepe, self-styled leadership coach and author of “Cliff Falls,” for a book-signing event at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 20, 1200 S. Coast Highway.

“Cliff Falls” is a novel about the exploited child television star of an 80s sitcom who takes advantage of a fire to disappear and escape from his life in the spotlight. His self-imposed exile ends after 15 years when he is discovered by a determined photographer. He lands in jail, where a motivational pastor finds him and offers him a deal.

Shiepe, a USC graduate, began his career in production at the Walt Disney Company. He has since consulted numerous churches nationwide, co-created three ministries in Hawaii and California and coached entertainment executives and pastors on brand management, synergy, and visionary leadership.

For more info: call 494-4779 or visit

AAUW Literary Luncheon Seeks Business Sponsors

The American Association of University Women Laguna Beach is recruiting businesses to sponsor tables at their 24th annual Literary Luncheon at the Surf and Sand Resort on March 19. The luncheon, which has over 200 attendees and is usually a sellout, offers businesses both advertising and public recognition opportunities.

The three women authors featured at the event will be Tatjana Soli (“The Lotus Eaters”), Julia Amante, (“Evenings at the Argentine Club”), and Lisa Napoli, (“Radio Shangri-La”). Proceeds support scholarships.

For underwriting or reservation info contact event chair Dr. Kimberly Salter at 949-230-1169.

Tunes & Tomes

Bestsellers Dominated by Grammy Winners

Top sales/rentals for the week ending Feb. 13:

Sound Spectrum, 1264 S. Coast Highway

1.     2011 Grammy Nominees, V.A. (G)

2.     Herbie Hancock, Imagine Project (G)

3.     Arcade Fire, The Suburbs (G)

4.     Florence & The Machine, Lungs (G)

5.     Black Keys, Brothers (G)

6.     Sade, Soldier of Love (G)

7.     Bob Marley, Live Forever (Last Concert)

8.     Ray LaMontagne, God Willing & The Creek Don’t Rise (G)

9.     Lady Antebellum, Need You Now (G)

10.   Bright Eyes, The People’s Key

(G)=Grammy Winners

Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway

1.     The Hand that First Held Mine by Maggie O’Farrell

2.     Caribou Island by David Vann

3.     The Girl Who Fell from the Sky by Heidi Durrow

4.     Gryphon by Charles Baxter

5.     An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin

6.     Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland

7.     The Companion by Lorcan Roche

8.     Model Home by Eric Puchner

9.     Beginner’s Greek by James Collins

10.   Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

Latitude 33 Bookshop, 311 Ocean Avenue

1.     The Official Booty Parlor Mojo Makeover: Four Weeks to a Sexier You by Dana Myers

2.     Matthew’s Call to Qumran by Henry Garcia

3.     Life by Keith Richards

4.     Just Kids by Patti Smith

5.     The Year of the Hare by Arto Paasilinna

6.     We, The Drowned by Carsten Jensen

7.     The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman

8.     Weeping Underwater Looks a Lot Like Laughter by Michael White

9.     Wild and Beautiful: A Natural History of Open Spaces in Orange County by Allan Schoenherr

10.   A Novel Bookstore by Laurence Cosse

Barnaby Rudge Videos, 1445 Glenneyre Street

1.     The Social Network

2.     Red

3.     Secretariat

4.     Inception

5.     The Town

6.     You Again

7.     Conviction

8.     The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

9.     Salt

10.   Life As We Know It

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