Books

  • After 30 years, local author celebrates ‘overnight’ success

    Michelle Gable is nothing if not determined. She started writing in the fourth grade and saw her first book, “A Paris Apartment,” debut just shy of her 40th birthday — and it went on to become a national best-seller, something rare for a new author. Gable, who grew up in Del Mar and graduated from...

  • Encinitas author’s books portray sweeping story of America

    Encinitas author’s books portray sweeping story of America

    Encinitas resident Richard Fitchen is working on a five-book, historical fiction series spanning America’s history. In other words, he’s ambitious. While many authors would quiver at the thought of such a herculean project, Fitchen said he “can’t hardly wait to get started writing in the mornings.”...

  • Cash mob mobilizes to support Ducky Waddle’s

    Cash mob mobilizes to support Ducky Waddle’s

    A mob descended on Ducky Waddle’s Emporium on June 13. But it wasn’t an angry one. Rather, it was a cash mob. The idea is simple: Organizers pick a local business and urge people to shop there at a specific time. In this case, Encinitas resident Tiffany Fox came up with the idea of a cash mob after...

  • Ducky Waddle’s, a Leucadia landmark, turns to crowdfunding

    Ducky Waddle’s, a Leucadia landmark, turns to crowdfunding

    Like other independent bookstores across the nation, Ducky Waddle’s Emporium is riding the crowdfunding wave. The Leucadia staple has a treasure trove of rare art, poetry, collectibles and books — customers may find out-of-print John Steinbeck or Ernest Hemingway novels, for instance. But years...

  • Daron Joffe, ‘Farmer D,’ wins IACP award for food writing

    The International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) announced its annual award winners last week, which included Encinitas-based author Daron “Farmer D” Joffe for his book, “Citizen Farmers: The Biodynamic Way to Grow Healthy Food, Build Thriving Communities, and Give Back to the Earth,”...

  • Cardiff author shines spotlight on Medal of Honor recipient in ‘Legend’

    Cardiff author shines spotlight on Medal of Honor recipient in ‘Legend’

    A New York Times best-selling author, Eric Blehm is known for telling the stories of those who serve. His latest, “Legend,” recounts the experiences of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Roy Benavidez, who rescued fellow soldiers trapped behind enemy lines during the Vietnam War. While now a well-regarded...

  • After years battling food compulsions, author now helps others find freedom

    After years battling food compulsions, author now helps others find freedom

    Having helped herself, today Lesley Wirth is now able to help others. A Cardiff resident, Wirth works as a life coach and counselor and recently released a self-help book called “Own Your Worth: A Spiritual Journey Through Food Compulsion to Self-Love.” Every word is inspired by her 13-year battle...

  • Local settings set stage for Encinitas author’s stories

    Local settings set stage for Encinitas author’s stories

    For local author Kevin Lydy, everyday scenes or events — so subtle that generally they would go unnoticed — through his eyes become a catalyst for a great story. As a witness to these prosaic scenes, Lydy felt compelled to capture them and to re-imagine them into a creative work of fiction. The...

  • Encinitas author enjoying the ‘wow’ things

    Since his first book, “Nowhere Yet,” came out in 2012, Edward Cozza’s life has been filled with what he likes to call “wow” things. “Being honored with three Beverly Hills Book Awards was a ‘wow’ thing,” said the Encinitas author. “Going to New York to receive the IPPY gold medal from the Independent...

  • ‘One Groovy Summer’ reflects Encinitas author’s adventures

    ‘One Groovy Summer’ reflects Encinitas author’s adventures

    Encinitas has often been called a “hippie town,” so it’s no wonder it’s the home of Rocky Gregory, author of “One Groovy Summer.” The novel follows the adventures of Will and his friend, Skip, during the summer of 1968. It was a time of sex, drugs and rock and roll — and a time Gregory himself...

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