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San Diego, CA 92119

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   Friday, January 26, 2-3 p.m.: Author Philip Pryde will discuss  “The Uniqueness of the San Diego Region.”  He is the author of,  San Diego, An Introduction to Region, now in its 5th edition. San Diego County is truly unique in many respects. It was the first place on the west coast of the United States to be visited by Europeans. Though not the largest county in land area, in 1850 it was larger than the state of Indiana. Highly diverse biologically, we enjoy more ecological zones than any other U.S. county. As a result, more bird species have been seen in San Diego County than in any other (516 species). Its natural diversity extends from tide pools on the west to a portion of America’s driest desert on the east, with a spectacular 300-foot waterfall in between. The largest living creature on Earth, the Blue Whale, can be seen offshore. Although its Native American population is not the largest, it has the most Reservations of any county. In the late 1880s the highest dam in the United States was built here, and in 1948 the world’s most powerful telescope was installed on Palomar Mountain. And we have more farms than any other county. This engaging slide show will acquaint you with the many ways that San Diego County is one of the most fascinating and unique regions in the United States.  Click January Author

  Friday, February 23, 2-3 p.m.:  Author  Ellen Quick discusses  the concepts she outlines in her book How Do You Know When You Know?”    Join the author, a clinical psychologist and board certified coach, for a conversation about her recent book on personal decision making. Dr. Ellen Quick’s highly acclaimed book presents ways of recognizing what you truly want and what matters most. It describes the process of choice, how “not knowing” became “knowing,” both for people she interviewed and in excerpts from memoirs and cinema. In this interactive discussion, Ellen shares ideas from solution focused practice, behavioral economics, philosophy, and multiple areas of psychology. She offers flexible guidelines to use when you face a decision or complicated situation, and she invites questions and conversation. Click on FEBRUARY Author and Ellen Quick

 Friday, March 23, 2-3 p.m.: Author Jill Hall, The Black Velvet Coat.  Twenty-eight-year-old struggling San Francisco artist Anne McFarland is determined to get a one-woman show, even though no one, including herself, believes she can do it. But when she  buys a coat at a thrift shop with a key in its pocket, strange, even magical, occurrences begin to unfold, and she is inspired to create her best work ever.  Fifty years before, the coat’s original owner, young heiress Sylvia Van Dam, is headed toward a disastrous marriage with a scoundrel. In a split-second reaction, she does the unimaginable, which propels her destiny out of alignment and forces her on a trip of self-discovery to nature-filled Northern Arizona.When Anne and Sylvia’s lives intersect, they are both forced to face their fears—and in the process, they realize their true potential.

” Jill G. Hall is inspired to write about nature’s awe, love gone good and bad as well as life’s ironies. Released by She Writes Press in October 2015, her debut novel, The Black Velvet Coat, is a #1 Amazon Bestseller and an International Book Award Finalist for Best New Fiction. In 2016 she was selected as a (W2W) Writer to Watch by The Friends of the San Diego Central Library.  She is a past board president of San Diego Writers, Ink and currently chairs the Creative Catalyst Program for Individual Artists through the San Diego Foundation.”  Learn more at Jill Hall

Friday, April 27, 2-3 p.m.: Author Susan Meissner, will discuss her new novel, As Bright As Heaven Is. In 1918, Philadelphia was a city teeming with promise. Even as its young men went off to fight in the Great War, there were opportunities for a fresh start on its cobblestone streets. Into this bustling town, came Pauline Bright and her husband, filled with hope that they could now give their three daughters–Evelyn, Maggie, and Willa–a chance at a better life. But just months after they arrive, the Spanish Flu reaches the shores of America. As the pandemic claims more than twelve thousand victims in their adopted city, they find their lives left with a world that looks nothing like the one they knew. But even as they lose loved ones, they take in a baby orphaned by the disease who becomes their single source of hope.  

Susan Meissner is a multi-published author, speaker and writing workshop leader with a background in community journalism. Her novels include A Bridge Across the Ocean, Secrets of a Charmed Life (a 2015 Goodreads Choice award finalist) and A Fall of Marigolds, named to Booklist’s Top Ten women’s fiction titles for 2014. She is also RITA finalist and Christy Award and Carol Award winner. A California native, she attended Point Loma Nazarene University. Susan is a pastor’s wife and a mother of four young adults. When she’s not working on a novel, Susan writes small group curriculum for her San Diego church. She is also a writing workshop volunteer for Words Alive, a San Diego non-profit dedicated to helping at-risk youth foster a love for reading and writing.Visit Susan at her website: on Twitter at @SusanMeissner or at

 Friday, May 25, 2-3 pm: Author, David Putman, The Innocents.  This is the 5th book in the Bruno Johnson series, and the first prequel of a planned four.   “Bruno Johnson, a newly minted LA County Sheriff Violent Crimes detective, gets the worst assignment possible—infiltrate a sheriff’s narcotics team that may be involved in murder for hire. He must gain their trust and be brought into the scheme. If he succeeds, he will have to arrest and testify against his fellow deputies—if he lives that long.  To make matters worse, before Bruno leaves home on the first day of this assignment, he answers the door to find an ex-girlfriend. Without explanation, she hands him a baby girl only weeks old. The child is his. Stunned and terrified, he now faces immediate fatherhood as well as the traitor-like charge to take down his colleagues.
Juggling his complex home life, Bruno tackles his assignment to discover that no one is who they seem to be and that his boss, Lieutenant Wicks, might be involved. His mission is further complicated when an attractive female deputy, recently transferred from Public Affairs, is also put on the case. She has no street experience, and Bruno carries the extra burden of watching her back—a tough assignment made tougher by personal attraction.  As Bruno gets deeper and deeper into the corruption, he doesn’t know whom to trust, and in the end, confides in the wrong person.”

“During his law enforcement career, David Putnam worked primarily in California on teams for Patrol, Investigations, SWAT, Narcotics, Violent Crimes, Criminal Intelligence, Internal Affairs, Detective Bureau and as child protective services coordinator. He rounded out his law enforcement career with a few years in the Hawaiian Islands as a Special Agent-part of a real-life “Hawaii-50? team. He’s now retired from law enforcement and spends his time growing organic California avocados and writing, with his wife Mary and their dogs.”


Friday, June 22, 2-3 pm:  Author John Van Roekel, Lorenzo’s Assassin. 

Friday, July 22, 2-3 pm: Author Elizabeth Cobbs, Hamilton Affair

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