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

02/26/2020 -  Writer's Symposium with Pico Ayer
Interview with writer Pico Iyer and Dr. Dean Nelson at PLNU. Pico Iyer (â€"Arguably the world’s greatest living travel writer,” according to Outside) is the author of over a dozen books and countless essays, and is revered as an intrepid â€"intellectual and spiritual adventurer” (The New Yorker). Iyer explores these two intertwined spheres-the inner and the outer-in his writings and in three recent TED Talks, which have racked up some eight million views. Iyer is the author of two novels and ten works of nonfiction, including such perennial favorites as Video Night in Kathmandu, The Lady and the Monk: Four Seasons in Kyoto, and The Global Soul. His bestselling 2008 book, The Open Road: The Global Journey of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, was drawn from decades of talks and travels with the Tibetan leader.

Admission/Cost: $5 - $15

Point Loma Nazarene University
3900 Lomaland Drive
San Diego, CA 92106

Wednesday, February 26 - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
02/21/2020 - Talk: Growing Up In West Berlin During The Cold War
â€"It felt like we were living in a zoo,” says Elke Ertle who grew up in West Berlin during the Cold War. â€"As we went about our daily lives, the world watched us from the other side of the 12-foot-high barrier that encircled us.”

In conjunction with the Coffee and Books program at the Santee Library, Elke shares snippets from her memoir, "Walled-In: A West Berlin Girl’s Journey to Freedom."

Rather than an account of escaping across the Berlin Wall under gun fire, "Walled-In" is a coming-of-age story. It focuses on the city’s Cold War history and the challenges of living in West Berlin at that time, all seen through the eyes of a teenager. She talks about what it was like to grow up on the frontier of the East/West divide, what it was like to grow up in the shadow of the Berlin Wall, what it was like to grow up behind parental walls that were even higher than the brick-and-mortar wall and the lessons she learned from the experiences.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Santee Library
9225 Carlton Hills Blvd # 17
Santee, CA 92071

Friday, February 21 - 10:00 AM
03/03/2020 -  Talk About Series: Venezuela - What Does It Mean To Live in a Failed State?
The San Diego Diplomacy Council and the Worldview Project cordially invites you to a Talk-About Event featuring Dr. Patricia Márquez, Dean of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at University of San Diego, on Tuesday, March 3 at the Coronado Public Library at 6:30 PM.

The oil-rich Venezuela is a country in crisis with high levels of chaos, anarchy, poverty and violence. Not that long ago it was hard to imagine a Venezuela defined by extreme corruption, the collapse of all basic services and institutions, massive migration, hyperinflation, and significant political repression.

Dr. Márquez will discuss how Venezuela moved so rapidly from being a budding economy with tremendous oil wealth to a bankrupt society in desperate need of humanitarian aid. Through stories of everyday life, listeners will gain a vibrant picture of economic, political and social aspects essential for understanding the complex dimensions of the Venezuelan crisis. This event is co-hosted with The Worldview Project.

Dr. Márquez joined the USD School of Business in 2007 and has since developed the Center for Peace and Commerce (CPC), the Social Innovation Challenge and the USD Changemaker Hub. Her research has focused on the intersection of business and social value creation, with an emphasis on poverty alleviation through market mechanisms. Previous to joining USD, Dr. Márquez was a professor and dean at IESA, a School of Business in Caracas, Venezuela. In 2016, Dr. Márquez received the San Diego Business Journal Women Who Mean Business Award. In 2017 she received the San Diego Downtown Breakfast Rotary Club Peacemaker of the Year Award and in 2018 the Rotary, District 5340 Pathways to Peace Award and Paul Harris Fellowship.

Admission/Cost: FREE Click HERE to RSVP

Coronado Library
640 Orange Avenue
Coronado, CA 92118

Tuesday, March 3 - 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
02/20/2020 - Talk: Deirdre Bair
National Book Award-winning biographer Deirdre Bair explores her 15 remarkable years in Paris with Samuel Beckett and Simone de Beauvoir, painting intimate new portraits of two literary giants and revealing secrets of the biographical art in her new book, Parisian Lives. In 1971 Bair was a journalist and recently minted Ph.D. who managed to secure access to Nobel Prize-winning author Samuel Beckett. The next seven years of intimate conversations, intercontinental research, and peculiar cat-and-mouse games resulted in Samuel Beckett: A Biography and propelled Bair to her next subject: Simone de Beauvoir. The catch? De Beauvoir and Beckett despised each other. Her seven-year relationship with the domineering and difficult de Beauvoir required a radical change in approach, yielding another groundbreaking literary profile. At ArtPower, Bair will speak about Parisian Lives-including never-before-told anecdotes and details that were considered impossible to publish back in the 1990s and that give audiences a new window on the all-too-human side of these legendary thinkers.

Admission/Cost: $9 - $10

The Loft
U.C. San Diego
La Jolla, CA

Thursday February 20 - 8:00 PM
02/22/2020 - Black Comix Day
Black Comix Day: Heroes Rise III is a 2 day event that celebrates African-American & African Comic Book Creators. This is the 3rd Annual showcase of this highly successful event in San Diego. This event is an opportunity for anyone who wishes to experience a mix of black culture and the comic book medium which has been popularized by the term, Afrofuturism. ALL are welcome to attend and it promises to be a magical & educational experience for the entire family. This event will take place at San Diego, California’s historic Balboa Park, WorldBeat Center as a part of their Black Future Month (February) events.

Worldbeat Cultural Center
Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA

Dates and times:
Saturday, February 22 - 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Sunday, February 23 - 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
02/04/2020 - Book Signing: Anita Abriel
Warwick's will host Anita Abriel, in conversation with Susan Meissner, as she discusses and signs her new book, "The Light After the War." Abriel is a historical novelist; Meissner is the award-winning author of "The Last Year of the War."

Admission/Cost: FREE

7812 Girard Ave.
La Jolla, CA

Tuesday, February 4 - 7:30 PM
02/04/2020 - Open Reading: Shakespeare
The San Diego Shakespeare Society holds their monthly reading in the Winn Room. We'll be reading Hamlet, Part II. You can bring your own text, borrow one from the Library or bring the text up on your phone.

Shakespeare was meant to be read aloud--join us to participate or just listen.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Coronado Library
640 Orange Avenue
Coronado, CA 92118

Tuesday, February 4 - 6:30 PM
02/04/2020 - Teen Book Club: Akata Witch
Teens, come by the library and join us in discussing the book, Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor.

Twelve-year-old Sunny lives in Nigeria, but she was born American. Her features are African, but she has albinism. She's a terrific athlete, but can't go out into the sun to play soccer.

There seems to be no place where she fits in. And then she discovers something amazing-she is a "free agent" with latent mystical power.

Soon she's part of a quartet of students, studying the visible and invisible, learning to change reality. But will it be enough to help them when they are asked to catch a career criminal well-versed in powerful juju?

Admission/Cost: FREE

Coronado Library
640 Orange Avenue
Coronado, CA 92118

Tuesday, February 4 - 3:30 PM
02/05/2020 - Film: The Farewell
Awkwafina’s exquisite star turn highlights Lulu Wang’s funny-sad, soulful and emotionally expansive feature.

A small lie morphs into a grand illusion when a family deceives their beloved grandmother by keeping her terminal diagnosis a secret. (In English and Mandarin with English subtitles).

Discussion after the film with instructor Ralph DeLauro at Legacy Hills of Poway (formerly Seacrest Village, Rancho Bernardo).

Sponsored by Continuing Education Center of Rancho Bernardo.

Admission/Cost: FREE - $7

Legacy Hills of Poway
12730 Monte Vista Road
Poway, CA 92064

Wednesday, February 5 - 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
02/08/2020 - Book Signing: Shrouded Heritage - Island of the Blue Dolphins
Ten years ago, Thomas Holm read Scott O’Dell’s novel Island of the Blue Dolphins with his fourth-grade daughter.

That experience led to him to research California’s indigenous mariners, including the â€"Nicoleno” of San Nicolas Island, which is the real setting of O’Dell’s book. That ten year journey, from elementary school field trip, to claims of improprieties, to the enactment of new preservation laws, will be addressed by Holm as he presents his new book entitled, Shrouded Heritage: Island of the Blue Dolphins.

Admission/Cost: FREE - $2

San Diego Archaeological Center
16666 San Pasqual Valley Road
Escondido, CA 92027

Saturday, February 8 - 11:00 AM
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