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Author Evokes Wharton’s ‘House of Mirth’

Laguna Beach Books will host Victoria Patterson, author of “This Vacant Paradise,” at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 17, 1200 S. Coast Highway.

Patterson will read an excerpt from her novel, answer questions, and sign books at this free event. Some reviewers have depicted “This Vacant Paradise” as a modern take on Edith Wharton’s “House of Mirth,” since Patterson’s debut novel tracks the progress of protagonist Esther Wilson, a 30-something socialite in Newport Beach in the 1990s.

She lives with her family in Southern California and teaches through the UCLA Writers Extension and as a visiting assistant professor at UC Riverside.

For info, call 494-4779 or visit


Latitude Hosts Children’s Book Author

Latitude 33 Bookshop, 311 Ocean Avenue, will host a book-signing event for “Billy Bunce Booberay,” a children’s book written by Laurie Power and illustrated by Donald Hendricks, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 16.

For more information,  call 494-5403. The website is

An illustration from “Billy Bunce Booberay.”

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