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...

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