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Between the Lines: Best Sellers

| May 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

The New York Times Book Review publishes thoughtful and intelligent reviews of newly published books and newly released paperbacks. The Review also includes five pages of best-seller lists: print hardback, trade and mass-market paperback, and combined print/e-book rankings all broken down into fiction and nonfiction, plus a separate advice/how-to/miscellaneous section, and children’s books. I wonder […]

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Between the Lines: Bringing History to Life

| April 4, 2014 | 0 Comments
Between the Lines: Bringing History to Life

  “Whether it’s the real-life physicist Emilie du Chatelet, the literary heroine Penelope, or women who have sprung entirely from my imagination,” San Diego author Laurel Corona’s stories are true to the facts of their time and place. Her four novels are populated with real and invented characters that give readers a strong sense of […]

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Between the Lines: “We’ll Always Have Paris”

| March 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
Between the Lines: “We’ll Always Have Paris”

  That line from “Casablanca” is evoked frequently because it so beautifully expresses both past and future, wistfulness and hope. It’s often an exchange between lovers, but Jennifer Coburn has chosen the title for her just-released memoir about her travels with her daughter Katie. The book spans four trips—to Paris, Italy, Spain, and Amsterdam with […]

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Between the Lines: Local Authors on Display

| February 1, 2014 | 2 Comments

Since establishing the “reading and writing” focus of this column three years ago, I’ve featured more than a dozen of San Diego’s local authors. It’s been a rewarding experience for me and I hope for readers as well. I’m constantly amazed at the wealth of talent we have in our community, and I’ve barely scratched […]

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Between the Lines: The Memoir and the Memoirist

| December 31, 2013 | 0 Comments
Between the Lines: The Memoir and the Memoirist

“I always wanted to write a memoir but had to wait until life gave me the right experience. A failed fiction writer and poet, I was hooked once I read James Baldwin and Joan Didion.” Three heart attacks in five years served as “the right experience” for Tom Larson, who announces the publication this month […]

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Between the Lines: Janice Steinberg and “The Tin Horse”

| December 4, 2013 | 0 Comments
Between the Lines: Janice Steinberg and “The Tin Horse”

  It was a lovely interlude on a recent Sunday afternoon, sipping wine and nibbling cheese among a group of book lovers at Mission Hills Books & Collectibles for a reading and discussion with another of our local literary treasures, Janice Steinberg. You may have heard the name. Steinberg was a long-time, award-winning arts journalist […]

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Between the Lines: Write Out Loud

| October 29, 2013 | 0 Comments
Between the Lines: Write Out Loud

  “All of us were read to as children—why did it stop?” asks Veronica Murphy, artistic director and co-founder of Write Out Loud. Murphy and co-founder/ Executive Director Walter Ritter have guided San Diego’s unique reading theatre in presenting a diverse mix of programs for adults and children since its formation in 2007. Highlights of […]

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Between the Lines: One Book, One San Diego, One Big Library

| October 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Let’s put aside local politics (briefly, anyway), and celebrate some upbeat occasions, like the grand opening of the new Central Library and the kickoff of this year’s One Book, One San Diego. The Central Library had its dedication and opening events during the last weekend of September and is now open for business. Under that […]

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Between the Lines: Coming Soon – to a Little Free Library Near You

| September 4, 2013 | 0 Comments
Between the Lines: Coming Soon – to a Little Free Library Near You

  On my neighborhood rounds a few months ago, I walked down a well-tended alley, more like a rural lane, off Goldfinch Street. On the wall next to a garage door was a shelf with an angled roof over it, and on it were several books. A sign read “take one, leave one.” The books […]

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Between the Lines: summertime, and the living is easy…

| July 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

Summer reading, also called beach reading or vacation reading, used to signify mindless entertainment, flipping sandy, salty, sticky pages while adrift on a sea of leisure. Now, though, it’s broader, more symbolic of unencumbered time to read purely for pleasure. For some that might be the latest thriller or romance—a page-turner that will captivate the […]

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