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  • Tennis legend Rod Laver to speak in Rancho Santa Fe at Oct. 5 event

    Tennis legend Rod Laver to speak in Rancho Santa Fe at Oct. 5 event

    A tennis icon will share his insight on the sport and talk about his achievements in Rancho Santa Fe Thursday, Oct. 5. Rod Laver will lead a discussion about his career and new autobiography Oct. 5 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club, 5829 Via de la Cumbre. The event will...

  • Overcoming ego brings success for local author and businessman

    Overcoming ego brings success for local author and businessman

    In 2005, Brandon Black took over as CEO of Encore Capital Group, a San Diego-based company that acquires and collects consumer debt such as credit card balances of card-holders who are in arrears. But all was not well. The Great Recession was coming, the company's stock price was tanking and its...

  • Author’s debut novel digs into roots and impacts of slavery

    Author’s debut novel digs into roots and impacts of slavery

    Yaa Gyasi’s debut novel covers a huge sweep of history, touches on the lives of dozens of characters and takes place in two geographic settings - what is today the nation of Ghana, and the United States. “I wanted it to be clear that the things we see in the present do not appear out of nowhere,”...

  • Fictional painting stands at center of time-traveling novel

    Fictional painting stands at center of time-traveling novel

    A landscape painting of a barefoot girl standing next to a tree at dusk, looking out on a group of skaters on a frozen river below he

  • Local doctor pens page-turners of medical mayhem

    Local doctor pens page-turners of medical mayhem

    As a urologist and surgeon, Kelly Parsons’ job is to take the best possible care of his patients and help them overcome serious illnesses and medical conditions. But when he sits before a keyboard to write one of his medical thrillers, his mission is completely different. He’s a storyteller and...

  • Novel brings World War II-era London into sharp reality for readers

    Novel brings World War II-era London into sharp reality for readers

    Growing up in London, Chris Cleave watched movies about World War II featuring heroic, square-jawed British characters. But as he conducted research for a novel set during the London Blitz of 1940-41, he realized the movies had gotten quite a bit wrong. “They were scared at first,” he said of his...

  • Author urges teen writers to heed ‘the Whispers of Story’ at CCA Writers’ Conference

    Author urges teen writers to heed ‘the Whispers of Story’ at CCA Writers’ Conference

    Reality, we know, can be a tangled, chaotic mess. Mary E. Pearson’s words carried out over the auditorium at Canyon Crest Academy on Saturday morning, March 11, an ingot of truth carefully molded for the 200 teenagers who hung on her every word. The New York Times best-selling author — by way of...

  • 'Dodge City' author to speak at Rancho Santa Fe Library March 13

    'Dodge City' author to speak at Rancho Santa Fe Library March 13

    Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson are two of the most famous names from the history of the American West. As lawmen and adventurers, they sought to bring a measure of order to frontier towns known for chaos and killings. A new book, “Dodge City,” tells the story of how Earp and Masterson met and put...

  • Tasty memoir dishes up food, family and friendship

    Tasty memoir dishes up food, family and friendship

    As the daughter of a Middle Eastern father and an American mother, Diana Abu-Jaber grew up in a household with strict, traditional rules – she and her sisters were not allowed to date or indulge their romantic passions. Instead, she said, they developed a strong love of the sensual, and the kitchen...

  • Registration is open for 6th Annual CCA Writers’ Conference

    Registration is open for 6th Annual CCA Writers’ Conference

    Canyon Crest Academy’s Creative Writing Club recently announced that registration is open for the 6th Annual Canyon Crest Academy Writers’ Conference, which will be held on Saturday, March 11, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.. All high school students are invited to this free conference which is the only one of...

  • Bestselling author Jodi Picoult addresses difficult issues in latest new novel

    Bestselling author Jodi Picoult addresses difficult issues in latest new novel

    “Writing this book has completely changed my life and the way I see the world,” said Jodi Picoult at the recent 13th annual Words Alive Author’s Luncheon. A record 750 people attended the event at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina to hear the bestselling author talk about her latest novel,...

  • Bestselling author Alice Hoffman to speak at Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild event Nov. 10

    Bestselling author Alice Hoffman to speak at Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild event Nov. 10

    “As a reader, the books I’ve really loved are the ones that helped me through something,” said bestselling author Alice Hoffman. “And, as a writer, there’s nothing more special than when someone feels that way about a book I’ve written.” “Faithful” is the story of Shelby, a Long Island, New York...

  • Bestselling author, former TV writer to discuss new book at Rancho Santa Fe event

    Bestselling author, former TV writer to discuss new book at Rancho Santa Fe event

    As soon as Maria Semple, author of the wildly successful “Where’d You Go, Bernadette,” starts talking, it’s easy to see who inspired her beloved character. She’s down-to-earth, self-deprecating and hilarious, which readers will discover for themselves when she reads from her new book, “Today Will...

  • Working for no pay puts Rancho Santa Fe man on path to prosperity

    Working for no pay puts Rancho Santa Fe man on path to prosperity

    With little money and poor English conversational skills, Chun “Charlie” Yim found doors closed to him as he looked for a job to pay for his business studies at San Diego State University. That’s when he hit on the idea of working for free. Yim, then in his 20s, had recently emigrated to the United...

  • Popular after-school Writing Club returns

    Popular after-school Writing Club returns

    Last year, Canyon Crest Academy's Creative Writing Club President, Julia Camilleri, who also organizes the annual CCA Writers' Conference, saw a need for writing workshops at the middle school level. “I had many parents of middle schoolers try to register their students for the annual writers conference...

  • Author shares humorous parenting experiences in ‘Man With Child’

    For most of us, becoming a parent is a leap of faith – in ourselves and in our ability to nurture and mold a new life. For some of us, the arc of that trajectory is even greater. For almost two decades Marc Kuritz was successfully engaged in the political arena. Then, in one year, he quit his job,...

  • Bestselling author to discuss becoming a ‘conscious man’

    You’ve seen him on everything from Oprah to the Today Show. His books have owned the top of the New York Times bestseller list for years. Now, on Friday, June 3, San Diegans have a rare opportunity to meet and talk with John Gray at the Barnes & Noble Mira Mesa where he will be hosting a discussion...

  • RSF resident’s book shares investment insights

    RSF resident’s book shares investment insights

    Rancho Santa Fe resident Bud Leedom hopes to give investors an edge with his new book “Supply and Demand Investing: Spotting Imbalances to Find Wall Street’s Biggest Winners.” Available on May 1, the book details a process that allows investors to unlock the power of supply and demand to analyze...

  • Trying to fit in leads to downfall of novel's main character

    In Stephanie Clifford’s novel, “Everybody Rise,” the main character is a girl who came from humble beginnings and becomes so obsessed with infiltrating New York’s high society scene that she’ll do almost anything to fit in, whether it’s lying, cheating or stealing. Clifford herself is a Brooklynite,...

  • Solana Beach author releases new book on Rancho Santa Fe architect Lilian Rice

    Solana Beach author releases new book on Rancho Santa Fe architect Lilian Rice

    Award-winning author Diane Welch has released a new book, “The Life and Times of Lilian J. Rice, Master Architect (Schiffer Publishing, December 2015). Depression-era California master architect Lilian J. Rice left behind homes rich in innovative architectural craftsmanship, both retreats of beauty...

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