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Q&A: Writer’s Roundtable interview with NY Times bestselling author John Lescroart

John Lescroart

John Lescroart (pronounced “less-kwah”) is a big believer in hard work and single-minded dedication, although he’ll acknowledge that a little luck never hurts. A New York Times bestselling author whose books have been translated into 16 languages in more than 75 countries, Lescroart wrote his first novel in college and the second one a year after he graduated from Cal Berkeley in 1970.

Little Free Library opens in Del Mar

Kate Zimmer at the Little Free Library in Del Mar. Courtesy photo

Community members don’t need a card to use Del Mar’s new library.

Located at the south end of Stratford Court past Del Mar Woods, the Little Free Library has just one policy: Take a book, and if you can, give a book.

Del Mar resident analyzes human behavior in new book

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Ron Newby, a retired researcher and Del Mar resident discusses the human evolutionary path, brain, traits and behaviors in his recently released book, “Homo sapiens: A Liberal’s Perspective.”

Carmel Valley author publishes book with new twist on gratitude rocks

Mariette Pan

Mariette Pan sees hearts everywhere. She sees hearts in nature, animals and food — even trash.
“Hearts symbolize love and gratitude to me,” said the Carmel Valley resident. “Whenever I see a heart, it inspires me to stay open to love and stay open to possibilities.”
Pan started seeing hearts after watching “The Secret” years ago. The 2006 self-help film — which gained worldwide attention after attracting interest from personalities like Oprah Winfrey — encouraged viewers to hold gratitude rocks to remember to be grateful and relieve stress.

Del Mar Highlands’ Barnes & Noble book fair to support Children’s Initiative

The Del Mar Highlands’ Barnes & Noble will hold a spring book fair for The Children’s Initiative March 2-8.

The Children’s Initiative is an organization dedicated to improving the well being of children and youth in San Diego County and helping them reach their full potential. They offer after-school programs that serve more than 27 school districts, 310 schools and 44,000 children annually. The organization’s programs create a safe place for children to go in the after-school hours, providing homework assistance and tutoring, healthy snacks and enrichment activities.

Writers Roundtable: An interview with NY Times bestselling author Gay Hendricks and Tinker Lindsay

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Co-authoring novels seems to be a trend. But so often in co-authored books, the reader can tell where one writer leaves off and the other begins – what elements are generated by each. From the blending of two disparate voices to agreement on plot and character development, co-authoring presents unique challenges.

But for screenwriter and Harvard graduate Tinker Lindsay and multi-New York Times bestselling relationship book author Gay Hendricks, these challenges seem non-existent. And in The Third Rule of Ten, the third book in their Tenzing Norbu mystery series, they once again give the reader a multi-layered novel in which a compelling and sympathetically flawed hero takes center stage in a book you won’t want to put down.

Writer’s Roundtable: Q&A with author G. Michael Hopf

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A Camp Pendleton-based Marine who served overseas during Operation Desert Storm, local novelist G. Michael Hopf later went on to serve as a bodyguard to many notables, among them the Saudi royal family. Now settled with his family in North County, two years ago Hopf turned his hand to writing. The result is a post-apocalyptic New World series, currently including The End and The Long Road. First self-published, the books were brought out this January by a major New York publisher – every writer’s dream.

Solana Beach publisher shows books at new Central Library

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Solana Beach–based Dayton Publishing, established in 2013 by long-time resident Linnea Dayton, has three books on display in the 48th Annual Local Author Exhibit at the new downtown San Diego Central Library. Dayton and her husband, Scripps Institution of Oceanography professor emeritus Paul Dayton, were among the 300 or so attendees at the authors’ reception held on Jan. 31, at the library’s Joan and Irwin Jacobs Common.

Del Mar’s ‘Mother Paige’ makes news with her hand-painted icons

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Despite the more casual, contemporary use of the word “icon,” icons are actually part of an ancient tradition of Christian art, inspirational paintings of sacred subjects that may date back to the time of the apostles, when St. Luke was said to have painted images of the Virgin Mary. Icons were particularly popular during the Byzantine Empire, when frescoes flourished, and the art of iconography spread across Europe to Russia.

Korean language children’s picture book author to read original works at Carmel Valley Library

Book by Yeorim Yoon. Courtesy photo

Korean language picture book author and Carmel Valley resident Yeorim Yoon will read original works at the Carmel Valley Library on Feb. 24 at 10 a.m. The children’s picture books relate to themes of self-esteem, getting along, and family values.

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