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|Pen on Fire Salon|
This monthly salon, hosted by Barbara DeMarco-Barrett, features authors, literary agents, and others involved in the field of writing. Set in the atmospheric Scape Gallery in Corona del Mar, the salon is a mecca for literary devotees who listen to readings, take part in discussions, and attend book signings.
Join us on Tuesday, May 15 at 7 pm, when the focus will be on the memoir. The authors will talk about their memoirs, and about the process of writing memoir -- from coming up with the focus of your story, to the process of writing, and onto the publication. There will be a Q&A session, and we will have their books for sale so you can have them signed.
Claire Bidwell Smith lives in Los Angeles. She is a therapist specializing in grief and is the author of the memoir The Rules of Inheritance. Claire has a Bachelor's degree from The New School University in Manhattan and a Master's degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University in Los Angeles. She has written for many publications including Time Out New York, Yoga Journal, BlackBook Magazine, The Huffington Post and Chicago Public Radio. She has also worked for nonprofits, such as Dave Eggers' literacy center 826LA and most recently as a bereavement counselor for a hospice in Chicago.
James Brown is the author of several novels, including Lucky Town and Final Performance, and the memoirs, The Los Angeles Diaries and This River. His work has appeared in GQ, Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, Orange Coast Magazine, Ploughshares and numerous other magazines. The Los Angeles Diaries was chosen as Best Books of the Year by Publishers Weekly, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Independent on Sunday in the U.K., and is currently under option for a film by producer Jude Prest.
Brown, a recovering alcoholic, has been a representative for Partnership for a Drug-Free America, and frequently speaks at drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities, as well as inmates incarcerated for drug and alcohol related offenses. He is also co-editor, along with writer Diana Raab, of the anthology Writers On the Edge: 22 Writers Speak About Addiction and Dependency. The recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and the Nelson Algren Award in Short Fiction, Brown lives in Lake Arrowhead, and holds an M.F.A. in Fiction Writing from U.C. Irvine.
Dinah Lenney wrote Bigger than Life: A Murder, a Memoir, published in Tobias Wolff's American Lives Series at the University of Nebraska Press, and co-authored Acting for Young Actors. Her essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Ploughshares, Agni, Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, and elsewhere, and she received special mention in the Pushcart Anthology, 2010, for an essay published in the Water Stone Review. Dinah serves as core faculty in the Master of Professional Writing program at the University of Southern California, as well as in the Rainier Writing Workshop, and the Bennington Writing Seminars, where she earned her MFA in Creative Nonfiction. She lives in Los Angeles, just over the hill from Dodger Stadium.
$20.00 includes nibbles, sips, and sometimes cake. Advance tickets are required to guarantee a seat. Walk-ins are discouraged as seating is limited. Tickets are available through the Pen on Fire website.
|Event with David Eagleman at UC Irvine Beckman Center|
Laguna Beach Books is so honored to be the featured bookseller at an event for David Eagleman, author of Incognito, at UC Irvine's Beckman Center (100 Academy, Irvine, 92617) on Wednesday, May 16 from 6:30 to 9 pm. David will be speaking on the topic of "The Secret Lives of the Brain," and the last hour will be devoted to a book signing.
Please note that this event is free but requires an RSVP in order to guarantee seating to attendees. Guests can RSVP online with this link: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/3417280177.
If the conscious mind -- the part you consider to be you -- is just the tip of the iceberg, what is the rest doing?
In his provocative book, the renowned neuroscientist navigates the depths of the subconscious brain to illuminate surprising mysteries: Why can your foot move halfway to the brake pedal before you become consciously aware of danger ahead? Why do you hear your name being mentioned in a conversation that you didn't think you were listening to? What do Ulysses and the credit crunch have in common? Why did Thomas Edison electrocute an elephant in 1916? Why are people whose names begin with J more likely to marry other people whose names begin with J? Why is it so difficult to keep a secret? And how is it possible to get angry at yourself -- who, exactly, is mad at whom?
Taking in brain damage, plane spotting, dating, drugs, beauty, infidelity, synesthesia, criminal law, artificial intelligence, and visual illusions, Incognito is a thrilling subsurface exploration of the mind and all its contradictions.
David Eagleman is a neuroscientist at Baylor College of Medicine, where he directs the Laboratory for Perception and Action as well as the Initiative on Neuroscience and Law. His scientific research has been published in journals from Science to Nature, and his neuroscience books include Wednesday Is Indigo Blue: Discovering the Brain of Synesthesia (with Richard Cytowic) and the forthcoming Live-Wired. He is also the author of the internationally best-selling book of fiction Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives.
|Photo credit: Sharon Steinmann |
|Event with Richard Louv at Annaliese Schools in the Canyon|
|On Wednesday, May 16 from 6 to 8:30 pm, SEEDS Arts & Education is sponsoring Richard Louv, national bestselling author of Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle, and co-founder of the Children & Nature Network. Richard will discuss the power of nature and why it is vital to our existence. You won't want to miss this! We are so pleased to be the featured bookseller at this event.
COCKTAIL RECEPTION: Join us for an intimate cocktail party with Richard Louv. This private event will allow you time to discuss the importance and impact of nature with Richard and ask questions about his books and research. Limited to 25 guests. Wine and refreshments served.
WHEN: 6-7 p.m., FEE: $50. Register for cocktail reception.
LECTURE: With groundbreaking research, anecdotal evidence, and compelling personal stories, Louv shows us how to embrace nature in our homes, neighborhoods, workplaces and communities.
WHEN: 7-8 p.m., FEE: $25. Register for lecture.
WHERE: Held at Anneliese Schools' Willowbrook Campus: 20062 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach.
|Event with Corie Skolnick|
We hope you can join us on Sunday, May 20 at 4 pm as we welcome Corie Skolnick, author of Orfan to the store. Corie will do a short reading, answer questions, and sign books. This event is free of charge.
What happens when Jimmy Deane, a half-white, half-black infant, born amidst simmering racial tension on Chicago's south side in 1969, is adopted by Carter and Susie Deane, a well-meaning South Florida couple who orphan Jimmy yet again before he even sets foot in kindergarten? This quintessential orphan tale tracks Jimmy's trajectory from the wintry night of his inauspicious birth in Chicago, through the trials of a lonely biracial youth in South Florida, to his eventual touchdown in the City of Angels.
With a large dose of humor and warmth, Orfan lets the reader in on the loss, grief, trauma, and isolation that children experience when the foundation of a loving parent is pulled out from under them, and they are placed in homes where they are not loved or appreciated, or even safe. While Orfan has a fantastical side that allows us to reach in and enjoy the story of Jimmy, it also illustrates the searing pain of aloneness and how important it is that our communities support all our "orfans" to have stable, permanent lifelong families. As we see with Orfan, families can appear in all shapes and colors and from the most unlikely places. Orfan is an old-fashioned page-turner with real heart and an insight into love and how people authentically come together as family.
Born in Oak Park, Illinois, and raised on Chicago's south side, Corie Skolnick has lived her entire adult life in Southern California. She is a California licensed marriage and family therapist and a "sometimes" psychology instructor at California State University, Northridge and Moorpark College. Among the many courses she has taught at both colleges, her very favorite is The Psychological Aspects of Parenthood. She has two grown children, both of them in the arts, and she is married to the social psychologist, Paul Skolnick. Orfan is her first novel.