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  • 19 Aug 2021 7:13 AM | Deleted user
    The San Diego Union-Tribune Festival of Books

    A glimpse of the lineup 

    From poets to personalities, renowned authors offer a wide scope of genres. Here are some of the authors participating in 
    The San Diego Union-Tribune Festival of Books. 

    John Grisham
    John Grisham 

    John Grisham is an author, attorney and politician whose bestselling legal thrillers have been adapted for film. Grisham is the author of 36 novels, one work of nonfiction, a collection of stories and seven books for young readers. His works include “A Time to Kill,” “The Firm” and his latest book, “Sooley.”

    For the full lineup and panel schedule, click here.

    Admission is free to the virtual event.

    Register now!


  • 14 Aug 2021 6:18 AM | Deleted user

    Aloha from Kauai!

    This Sunday's session of KWC Online and the Kauai Book Club will feature Paula McLain discussing her new bestselling novel When the Stars Go Dark. 

    We're delighted to tell you that KWC faculty member Amanda Eyre Ward will join in to discuss the book. This conversation between these two amazing authors will be one not to miss! 

    There is a session every Sunday. One Sunday each month is devoted to the Kauai Book Club, much like a living room book club but with the author herself leading the discussion. The other sessions focus on topics of interest to writers, with bestselling authors sharing advice on their craft and agents and publishers giving guidance on how to get published.

    We warmly invite you to join us.
     
    Register for Kauai Writers Conference online sessions

    Paula McLain is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Paris WifeCircling the Sun, and Love and Ruin.  Her new novel, When the Stars Go Dark, was released this spring to widespread acclaim.

     “A total departure for the author of The Paris Wife, McLain’s emotionally intense and exceptionally well-written thriller entwines its fictional crime with real cases.”—People (Book of the Week)

    “The kind of heart-pounding conclusion that thriller fans crave . . . In the end, a book full of darkness lands with a message of hope.”—The New York Times Book Review

     
    Amanda Eyre Ward is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Jetsetters, as well as nine other books including novels, nonfiction, and a collection of short stories. 


  • 13 Aug 2021 11:44 AM | Andrea Glass (Administrator)


    Bio

    My name is Bob Boze and I live in the South Bay area of San Diego. My partner, Robyn Bennett, lives in Blenheim on New Zealand’s South Island. We are both published romance and non-fiction authors, editors, teachers, workshop presenters, speakers and bloggers. Together we have over fifteen published works, several short stories and are collaborating on several more novels, short stories, articles and other works.  We also offer a variety of writer and business services through our business website, Writing Allsorts. To learn more about us, our published works and the services we offer, go to https://writingallsorts.com/, which is also linked to our writer’s websites, https://bobboze.com

     Amazon link: www.amazon.com/bob-boze

    Connect on Facebook: https://facebook.com/bobbozeauthorpage/

    What aspect of editing or writing are you involved in?

    Pretty much everything related to writing. We write, edit, teach, do workshops, speak at writer’s conferences and provide a wide variety of services to writers and businesses.

    What first attracted you to writing/editing?

    A tour of a friend’s horse rescue ranch. I kept staring at the horses thinking there’s a story here. It took me over a year though to figure out how to write it. The editing and teaching parts came later when I met Robyn, who teaches, and the two of us realized we would make a great writer’s teaching team.

    How long have you been writing/editing?

    I started writing my first book twelve years ago. We formed our editing business about six years ago. 

    As a writer, what kind of books do you write? Any published? How about short stories?

    I have nine published books and three short stories, with two more books in the works with a target publication dates of Fall 2021. We both write feel-good romance, with a little nonfiction (Text books and an autobiography) thrown in for good measure. Together we have over fifteen books and five short stories published. There are also two more series containing six more books outlined.

    As an editor, what kind of clients do you work with and what services do you provide?

     We do editing for both writers and businesses. Developmental, line or copy editing, proofreading and I guess you could say borderline production editing since a lot of our clients self-publish. So, a lot of formatting, adding front and back matter (title page, copyright page, about the author and acknowledgements) and helping them with a good description for the back cover and Amazon page.

    What are you working on now either writing or editing?

    I’ve lost track of how many edits we’ve done and books we’ve helped get published. Right now we’re quoting an edit for a dark fantasy writer in Romania and we just helped three writers (two in New Zealand and one in the US) self-publish two memoirs and a mystery. All of them are now working on their next books, by the way.  As for us, we’re finishing up the two I mentioned above, with at least six more behind them.

    How long have you been a member of SDWEG and why did you join?

    I’ve been a member for about eight years now and Robyn for five. We both joined to see what the rest of the writing world is doing and hopefully learn from the other writers in the Guild.

    What benefits have you gained as a member?

    Listening to other members and learning from them. We also answered a request for help from a teacher with the San Diego Charter School of the Arts who came to a Guild meeting. She teaches writing and we’ve been helping as guest teachers for three years now. It’s unbelievably rewarding for both the students and us.

    What’s something unique or special about you, that you’d like others to know?

    I love teaching, almost as much as writing. Robyn’s been a teacher much longer and I’m sure much of love for teaching has rubbed off from her.

    What request might you have of other members? (joint venture promotions, launch team, referrals, reviews, advance readers…)

    I think the biggest single message I can give writers, especially those just starting out, is learn your trade! There are so many elements to writing and getting yourself published, many of which you only find out about after your story is finished. Getting your work edited, formatted, copyrighted, writing a description, getting your cover done and on and on and on. Little of which writers are prepared for or know much about. That’s where writers’ groups like the Guild come in. Learning from experienced writers and experienced editors to help finish and polish your work is critical to making sure your work gets published and out into the world.

  • 5 Aug 2021 2:10 PM | Deleted user
    Hi, Supporters of the SDWF/Warwick's Book Club!

    We're so excited about our next book club event with author Joshua Henkin and his AMAZING book, Morningside Heights. The book club will be on Facebook Live on Monday, August 16, from 5 to 6 p.m. PT.

    If you would like to be part of the Zoom audience where you have an opportunity to ask our author questions, RSVP to 
    tjjones1@gmail.com


    There's still time to order your copy from our sponsor, Warwick's, at this link:

    https://www.warwicks.com/book/9781524748357



    There's a building buzz around this book:

    #1 Indie Next Pick for June

    The New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice Book
    Good Morning America 27 Books for June
    The Millions June Most Anticipated
    One of 2021’s Most Highly Anticipated New Books —Newsweek
    38 Novels You Need to Read this Summer —Lit Hub
    One of Alma’s Favorite Books for Summer 2021



    Thank you for supporting the SDWF/Warwick's book club. We hope you'll join us on Zoom on August 16


  • 2 Aug 2021 7:54 PM | Leon Lazarus


    Ameya Pandit has released Impressions: Short Letters, a non-fiction collection on nature, art, and childhood. You can find the book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or at local bookstores like Bay Books Coronado and DIESEL.

    The short letters in this book are the narration of many things felt. All the letters curated here are an extension of all those things that were naturally felt. In today’s time and age, as the world divides itself, these letters attempt to unify it, portray the commonality in each of us, and provides any thoughtful reader, an elevation, an escape into a world of ideas—one of objectivity, of purity, and of individuality.

    This is Pandit’s first book, a selection of letters from the remains of his file, his inquiry, his study in the magnificence that lives in and around us, of those in plain sight—in the child, the nature, or the art. The short letters in this book endeavor to highlight the brilliance of these most basic forms. It’s a quest, so it’s by no means finished.

    Review

    "'The simplicity of life paradoxically makes its comprehension difficult.' This passage from Impressions applies generally to these 'short letters' from Ameya Pandit, because while they often touch on seemingly simple and quotidian matters, they reveal an underlying and often unseen depth, and reward extended consideration. Pandit combines his training and profession in science with a passion for art and philosophy, right and left brain joined with heart, all connected to eyes that see the world with exquisite clarity. He begins with meditations 'On Childhood' and the way that young children are natural artists and scientists, and throughout the following sections 'On Nature' and 'On Art' he models how to maintain a child-like sense of wonder and imagination. He extols music in particular as 'a language the world fully grasps,' and along with its literary equivalent of poetry he suggests they offer the prospect of a 'universal philosophy' and a peek into our 'inner nature.' Life is simultaneously 'a mathematical equation' and 'a musical melody,' he asserts, and 'where art ends, science begins.' In Pandit’s vision, and in his life practice, they form a continuum, each informing the other, together revealing 'the universe is a work of art.' This book is now a contribution to that work, and that art."

    -- Larry W. Moore, Publisher, Broadstone Books.

  • 31 Jul 2021 6:11 AM | Deleted user
    The San Diego Union-Tribune Festival of Books

    Join The San Diego Union-Tribune for the fifth annual
    Festival of Books on Saturday, Aug. 21 starting at 10 a.m. PDT.
    Enjoy live panel sessions, author Q&A’s, children’s storytime, 
    Spanish-language programming and much more! 

    Click Here for more Info.


  • 19 Jul 2021 11:30 AM | Leon Lazarus


    The debut novel “Down Under” by  Georgia Faye launched on Amazon in July.  This  romantic  summer read is set in Australia, where a free spirited girl finds herself in a love triangle between two suitors. 

    Amazon is offering it free on Kindle on Wednesday, July 21 only.

  • 9 Jul 2021 2:44 PM | Andrea Glass (Administrator)

    Bio: I had an extremely satisfying and productive 35-year career as a university professor. During 24 of those years I also held the position of public information officer for my local fire department.  My significant writing accomplishments have included four college textbooks, 39 refereed journal articles, and 20 workbooks and learning kits for high school students. Until now all my publications have been nonfiction. My husband and I love living in San Diego. We enjoy the weather, our friends, the cultural opportunities, and the awesome beaches—especially clothing-optional Blacks Beach. Travel is always high on our to-do list. In addition to writing I do a significant amount of volunteer work in our community.

    Contact:  stuauthor@gmail.com.  

     Link to Amazon: There's a direct link on each page of my website as well.

     What aspect of writing are you involved in? 

    My current writing involves two projects:  my next novel and writing a monthly column.  The working title of the novel I'm now working on is I’ll be Naked at Six This is fully outlined and much of it is in draft form.  The story follows Eddie Saul, the main character in my first novel, Lights On – Clothes Off, from graduate school to present day, as he reveals all his exhibitionist adventures. The column is called “Sans Clothing” and it appears in Diversity Rules Magazine.  I’m hoping to find other homes for my column and currently I’m in discussions with two other monthly publications.

     What first attracted you to writing? 

    As a professor at a publish or perish university, writing and being published was a requirement. However, that wasn’t a chore for me as I enjoyed research and sharing my results in professional publications. All my university writing was quite satisfying as I always felt I was sharing information that would help college and high school students with their careers. And I must admit that much of my professional writing was quite lucrative.

    How long have you been writing?

    As a child I liked writing for fun.  I became serious about my writing when I was a college student in the late 60s. 

    As a writer, what kind of books do you write? Any published?

    All the following have been published:  Four college textbooks, 39 refereed journal articles, and 20 educational materials for high school students.

    What are you working on now?

    I have a couple of writing ideas brewing but I’m not ready to share those. 

    How long have you been a member of SDWEG and why did you join?

    I’ve been a member since 2017.  I joined because I was embarking on a new writing adventure, a first for me, a novel. I had a lot to learn and an author friend of mine suggested that I would benefit from the classes and workshops offered by the Guild.

    What benefits have you gained as a member? 

    At just about every formal presentation and at every marketing program I’ve learned techniques for writing and marketing. In addition, I’ve met quite a few accomplished authors who’ve been willing to answer my questions and give me advice.  That’s always greatly appreciated.

    What’s something unique or special about you, that you’d like others to know? 

    Because of the topic of my current writing I’m often asked if I’m an exhibitionist. I let everyone know that my first college job in 1964 was posing for art classes.  Those were the days when male models were in high demand and those who were willing to pose nude were paid at a significantly higher rate than those who posed in underwear or a bathing suit. I needed the money and became instantly comfortable standing sans clothing in a room full of artists. In fact, I still pose for art classes. So, when I’m asked, I share my posing experience and remind everyone that the rest of my book’s story is a novel. They have to decide what’s fact and what’s fiction.

    What request do you have of other members? (joint venture promotions, launch team, referrals, reviews, advance readers…)

    My only request is to continue with the valuable programming. I still have lots to learn. And, of course, I’m hoping members offer suggestions to help me improve my writing and that they post reviews on Amazon.

  • 8 Jul 2021 3:30 AM | Deleted user
    This year’s event features an amazing line-up of authors and speakers. Headlining the first day of the 2-day festival (July 17th) will be former SNL original cast member, Laraine Newman, to talk about her recent memoir, May You Live in Interesting Times. Also featured that day will be world’s bestselling author James Patterson with co-writer First Sergeant (ret) Matt Eversmann discussing their new book, Walk in My Combat Boots: True Stories from America’s Bravest Warriors. A member of 75th Ranger Regiment, Eversmann was immortalized in the epic film Black Hawk Down.

    Featured on the second day of the festival (July 31st) will be Award-winning NYT bestselling author, Tayari Jones, to talk about the craft of writing and in a later program, her most recent book, An American Marriage. Also featured will be multi-award winning and bestselling author of the Jack Reacher series [that have been adapted for film starring Tom Cruise], Lee Child, discussing the art of mystery writing. In addition will be bestselling author, Rabbi Steve Leder, discussing his book The Beauty of What Remains in conversation with Dean Nelson about life, death, and grief.

     


    WE WILL BE LIVE STREAMING THE ENTIRE FESTIVAL ON FACEBOOK FROM ONE CONVENIENT LINK: 
    You don’t need to have a fb account to watch - just click on the link below.

    Facebook Live Link (SDWF):

    https://www.facebook.com/sandiegowritersfestival/live/

     


  • 7 Jul 2021 3:59 AM | Deleted user
    The San Diego Union-Tribune Festival of Books
    Virtual Event Series

    Join us this Thursday, July 8 at 11 a.m. PDT for a reading of
    “Pokko and the Drum” on Facebook

    Pokko and the Drum by Carrie Hasler

    Children’s storytime with professional surfer,
    Rob Machado. 

     

    About the book: 
    "Pokko and the Drum" is written and illustrated by
    Carrie Hasler and illustrated by Jan Smith.

    Pokko takes the drum gifted by her parents into the deep quiet forest to play. Before she knows it, she is joined by a band of animals. Soon the entire forest is following her. Will Pokko hear her father’s voice when he calls her home?


    For more info, visit sdfestivalofbooks.com.

    Photo courtesy of Todd Glaser.

    Upcoming Virtual Events 

     

    July 15 at 12:30 p.m. PDT - Author Q&A with Kelly Senyei, “The Secret Ingredient Cookbook” and Sam Zien, “Sam the Cooking Guy: Recipes with Intentional Leftovers”

    July 22 at 11 a.m. PDT – Children’s storytime with Taylor Knox

    July 29 at 11 a.m. PDT - Children’s storytime with Kristina Audencial

    Aug. 5 at 12:30 p.m. PDT - Author Q&A with Viet Thanh Nguyen, “The Committed”


    For more info, click here

    SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR
    FIFTH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF BOOKS!

    AUG. 21, 2021



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