Books

  • 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...

  • New book details life of influential basketball coach Phog Allen

    New book details life of influential basketball coach Phog Allen

    Forrest “Phog” Allen, a legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas, was a man of contradictions - he is credited with guiding his sport into national prominence and recruiting such famed players as Wilt Chamberlain, but he also had a cantankerous side which led him to butt heads with...

  • 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...

  • RSF Library Author Showcase to present Amirah Hall

    Amirah Hall is all set to refresh the way we look at life by releasing “Manifesting Miracles 101 - The Art of Being in the Flow.” Her newest book offers a unique and quite daring perspective into the world of self-healing and success in all aspects of life. Hall will offer an audience interactive...