Author Virginia Mason will discuss her new book on Sunday, March 31, at 4 p.m. at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway. “Make the Sky Blue” follows the friendship of two married women and their families in the 1970s, one living in a rural area, the other in an affluent suburban setting. The women, different in age and background, forge a life-changing and life-affirming friendship of mutual solace as they manage the health, family and relationship issues in their lives.
Food and travel writer Ann Mah will discuss her most recent novel, “The Lost Vintage,” at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 7.
To become one of only a few hundred certified wine experts in the world, Kate must pass the Master of Wine examination. She’s failed twice before; her third attempt will be her last chance. Before the exam, she travels to Burgundy to spend time at the vineyard estate that has belonged to her family for generations where she reconnects with her cousin Nico and his wife, Heather, who now oversee day-to-day management of the grapes. The one person Kate hopes to avoid is Jean-Luc, a talented young winemaker and her first love. She discovers a hidden room containing a cot, some Resistance pamphlets, and an enormous cache of valuable wine. As Kate learns more about her family, the line between resistance and collaboration blurs.