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Book signings with an author whose writings concern cross-cultural and international topics.

03/12/2020 - Book Signing: Luis Alberto Urrea
The Oceanside Public Library invites the community to join us for an evening with Luis Alberto Urrea, author of "Into the Beautiful North," this year's Big Read selection. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Visit Library website for parking information.

NPR calls Luis Alberto Urrea a “master storyteller with a rock and roll heart,” he is a prolific and acclaimed writer who uses his dual-culture life experiences to explore the themes of love, loss and triumph. Luis Alberto Urrea is a 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist for nonfiction and member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame.
Luis Alberto Urrea attended the University of California at San Diego, earning an undergraduate degree in writing, and did his graduate studies at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Urrea is a distinguished professor of creative writing at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Admissiom/cost: FREE

MiraCosta College Oceanside
1 Barnard Dr,Oceanside
San Diego,CA

Thursday, March 12 - 6:00 PM
03/18/2020 - Book Signing: Melody Moezzi (CANCELED)
Warwick's will host Melody Moezzi, in conversation with Zoe Ghahremani, as she discusses and signs her new book, "The Rumi Prescription: How an Ancient Mystic Poet Changed My Modern Manic Life." Moezzi is an attorney, activist and visiting professor of creative nonfiction; Ghahremani is the author of "Sky of Red Poppies."

This event is free and open to the public. Reserved seating is available when the book is pre-ordered from Warwick's for the event. Only books purchased from Warwick's will be signed. Please visit our website or call the Warwick's Book Dept. (858) 454-0347 for details.

Admission/cost: FREE

7812 Girard Ave
La Jolla, CA

Wednesday, March 18 - 7:00 PM
03/19/2020 - Book Signing: Shilpi Somaya Gowda (CANCELED)
Due to concerns about the spread of the COVID-19 virus, this event has been canceled.

Warwick's will host Shilpi Somaya Gowda as she discusses and signs her new book, "The Shape of Family." Gowda is the international bestselling author of "Secret Daughter" and "The Golden Son." This event is free and open to the public. Reserved seating is available when the book is pre-ordered from Warwick's for the event. Only books purchased from Warwick's will be signed.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Warwick's Bookstore
7812 Girard Avenue
San Diego, CA 92037

Thursday, March 19 - 7:00 PM
03/09/2020 - Book Talk: Colum McCann on Apeirogon
Colum McCann is the internationally bestselling author of the novels TransAtlantic, Let the Great World Spin, Zoli, Dancer, This Side of Brightness, and Songdogs, as well as three critically acclaimed story collections and the nonfiction book Letters to a Young Writer. His fiction has been published in over forty languages. He has received many international honors, including the National Book Award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, a Guggenheim fellowship, the Pushcart Prize, and an Oscar nomination for his short film Everything in This Country Must. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as the Irish association of artists Aosdána, and he has also received a Chevalier des Artes et des Lettres award from the French government. In addition, he has won awards in Italy, Germany, and China. A contributor to The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic, and The Paris Review, he teaches in the Hunter College MFA Creative Writing program. He lives with his family in New York City, where he is the cofounder of the global nonprofit story exchange organization Narrative 4.

About the book:
Bassam Aramin is Palestinian. Rami Elhanan is Israeli. They inhabit a world of conflict that colors every aspect of their daily lives, from the roads they are allowed to drive on, to the schools their daughters, Abir and Smadar, each attend, to the checkpoints, both physical and emotional, they must negotiate.

Their worlds shift irreparably after ten-year-old Abir is killed by a rubber bullet and thirteen-year-old Smadar becomes the victim of suicide bombers. When Bassam and Rami learn of each other's stories, they recognize the loss that connects them and they attempt to use their grief as a weapon for peace.

Admission/Cost: $30.17 Includes copy of Apeirogon.

Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Theatre
5998 Alcala Park
University of San Diego
San Diego, CA 9211

Monday, March 9 - 7:00 PM
03/11/2020 - Class: The Poetry Of Joy Harjo
Please join Karen Kenyon in this 2-hour class as we explore the poetry of our new Poet Laureate, Joy Harjo. Joy is the first Native American to hold the position, and the 18th woman.

We will read through several of her poems, and discuss her themes, and the influence of nature and of her culture.

Joy Harjo is a member of the Mvskoke/Creek Nation, and is author of 9 books of poetry and a Memoir, Crazy Braves She has just finished editing The Norton Anthology of Native Poetry.

We will explore our own connection to our ancestors, nature, and explore the idea of our connection to the earth and to our sacred places, as we do a writing exercise.

If you have a favorite Joy Harjo poem, please bring it to the group. 18+

Admission/Cost: $30 - $36

San Diego Writers, Ink.
2730 Historic Decatur Rd #202-204
San Diego, CA

Wednesday, March 11 - 12:30 PM
03/15/2020 - Class: Barrio Stories With Vera Sanchez (CHECK STATUS)
Please visit the San Diego Writer's Ink webpage to learn whether or not this event has been canceled due to concerns over the COVID-19 virus at

This class is open to Latino/a writers who want to write about their experiences growing up in a Latino family and culture. There is an absence of the Latino voice in literature that yearns for its space in the literature world.

This class will stem away from the traditional memoir and storytelling setting. Rather, the class will focus on the rawness of the true Latino/a voice and their authentic experience. Writers will also have the opportunity to share their stories on stage and be featured as a guest speaker at the Acid Vault. These stories will not only be written but heard throughout the San Diego community.

Being raised in Barrio Logan, Vera wants to help those in similar communities share their stories.

Admission/Cost: $30 - $36

San Diego Writers, Ink.
2730 Historic Decatur Rd #202-204
San Diego, CA

Sunday, March 15 - 10:00 AM
02/25/2020 -  Sonia Nazario At Writer's Symposium By The Sea
Sonia Nazario At Writer's Symposium By The Sea

Interview with journalist Sonia Nazario and Dr. Dean Nelson at PLNU.

Sonia Nazario is an award-winning journalist whose stories have tackled some of this country’s most intractable problems — hunger, drug addiction, immigration — and have won some of the most prestigious journalism and book awards. She is best known for "Enrique's Journey," her story of a Honduran boy’s struggle to find his mother in the U.S. Published as a series in the Los Angeles Times, "Enrique's Journey" won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing in 2003. It was turned into a book by Random House and became a national bestseller.

Her recent humanitarian efforts to get lawyers for unaccompanied migrant children led to her selection as the 2015 Don and Arvonne Fraser Human Rights Award recipient by the Advocates for Human Rights. She also was named a 2015 Champion of Children by First Focus and a 2015 Golden Door award winner by HIAS Pennsylvania. In 2016, the American Immigration Council gave her the American Heritage Award. Also in 2016, the Houston Peace & Justice Center honored her with their National Peacemaker Award.

Nazario, who grew up in Kansas and in Argentina, has written extensively from Latin America and about Latinos in the United States. She has been named among the most influential Latinos by Hispanic Business Magazine and a â€"trendsetter” by Hispanic Magazine. In 2012 Columbia Journalism Review named Nazario among â€"40 women who changed the media business in the past 40.” In 2018, she was honored by Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) at their 29th Annual Anniversary Awards Dinner.

She is a graduate of Williams College and has a master’s degree in Latin American studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She has honorary doctorates from Mount St. Mary’s College and Whittier College. She began her career at the Wall Street Journal, and later joined the Los Angeles Times. She is now at work on her second book.

Admission/Cost: $5 - $15

Point Loma Nazarene University
3900 Lomaland Dr.
San Diego, CA

Tuesday, February 25 - 7:00 PM
02/29/2020 - Spoilers Book Club: Native Son
Join the Spoilers Book Club as we read the book Native Son by Richard Wright and watch the film adaptation. We will compare the two and discuss what we did and didn't like. No sign-up necessary. Simply drop in to discuss the book and watch the film.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Coronado Library
640 Orange Avenue
Coronado, CA 92118

Saturday, February 29 - 2:00 PM
03/01/2020 - Acting Shakespeare Panel
Panel including Charles Riendeau, Ray Chambers, Ruff Yeager, and Jackie Ritz. Moderated by Nathan Agin. With actors Jaden Guerrero (Romeo), Sasha Aguirre (Juliet), Gabrielle Flanders (Benvolio), Marcel Ferrin (Mercutio), Mark Pinter (Friar Laurence), Cassandra Garcia (Nurse)

Admission/Cost: FREE

Mission Valley Library
2123 Fenton Parkway
San Diego, CA 92108

Sunday, March 1 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
02/24/2020 - Talk: Michele Norris
Michele Norris is a Peabody Award-winning journalist, founder of The Race Card Project and Executive Director of The Bridge, The Aspen Institute’s new program on race, identity, connectivity and inclusion. Norris discusses â€"The Race Card Project” and how six-word snapshots paint a vivid picture of America's attitudes and experiences about race during a fascinating moment in American history.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice
University of San Diego
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Monday, February 24 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
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