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Friend pens biography about young surfer’s stormy seas

Author Kirk Lee Aeder was so profoundly affected by La Jolla surfing prodigy and friend Chris O’Rourke, that more than 30 years after O’Rourke’s untimely death from cancer he felt compelled to retell his story in “Child of the Storm.”

La Jolla CEO shoots from the hip in new book loaded with biz lessons

Neil Senturia

When you walk into the La Jolla Shores office of Neil Senturia’s investment company, Blackbird Ventures, there’s a sign above his desk that sticks out like a bright, floral-patterned gown at a funeral. The sign contains four simple words in two sentences. “F**k you. Pay me.”

Deluxe Edition: 17th annual Jewish Book Fair packed with speakers and special events

Gilad Sharon, who will discuss the biography he penned about his father, "Sharon," is the youngest of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s three sons and was a confidante to his father. He holds a master’s degree in economics and writes a frequent column for an Israeli newspaper. A major in the Israel Defense Force reserves, he currently manages his family’s farm in Israel.

The 17th annual San Diego Jewish Book Fair is comprised of Morning Coffee Conversations, Talks Over Lunch, and Evening Lectures, Nov. 3-13, mainly at the Jewish Community Center in La Jolla. It’s 11 days of hard-hitting topics and lighthearted musings, presented by folks so stoked about them that they’ve written books on the subjects and are arriving by the planeful to share their thoughts and observations.

Local author to launch book tour from La Jolla

Chad Stewart

Author Chad Stewart of La Jolla will discuss and sign his new book, “The Five Great Principles for Life: Focus, Strength, Success, Wisdom and Responsibility,” from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30 at Warwick’s Books, 7812 Girard Ave. Stewart said the event will launch him on a nationwide book tour to promote the “guide,” targeted to young people, but full of wisdom and advice for people at all crossroads of life.

Former La Jollan’s thriller novels lead to USO tour to visit the troops

Andy Peterson

Former La Jollan Andy Peterson, now best-selling author of the thrillers “First to Kill” and “Forced to Kill,” will join four other suspense writers for Operation Thriller, a weeklong USO tour, to visit troops in the Middle East this fall. Peterson, along with Clive Cussler, Sandra Brown, Kathy Reichs and Mark Bowden, will discuss books, movies, and writing; sign autographs and pose for photos with service personnel.

Two authors will address guests at literacy luncheon in La Jolla

Words Alive believes that reading is a fundamental skill that can be enjoyed for a lifetime. By going into classrooms, meeting with parents, reading aloud to young children, and working with book groups, we bring the written word to children and students who have not been exposed to or who have lost interest in reading.

Words Alive, San Diego’s non-profit literacy/scholarship organization, will hold its annual Authors’ Luncheon Tuesday, Nov.1 at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine. The luncheon will include two keynote speakers: authors Hillary Jordon (“Mudbound,” 2008 and “When She Woke” 2011) and Jasmin Darznik (“The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother’s Hidden Life,” 2011).

La Jolla business leader says ya gotta have heart in new book on management

Meet Mark Crowley at a reception for his book, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, at the Riford Library. (858) 552-1656.

When the Conference Board of New York in 2009 reported that only 45 percent of American workers were satisfied with their jobs, a continuous 22-year decline since the indicator was initiated, Mark Crowley decided to do something about it. For Crowley, who had spent the last 25 years professionally leading one successful team after another in retail banking and who has lived in La Jolla for the same period, the statistic made no sense, especially at a time when the highest priority for business is to get the most out of its precious resources.

Falling Back to Earth: Former La Jollan chronicles the end of the space race in new book

Mark J. Albrecht (born March 10, 1950 in St. Louis, Mo.) is a senior aerospace and telecommunications executive with broad government and industry experience. He grew up in La Jolla, graduated from La Jolla High School, then completed his B.A. and M.A. at UCLA and earned a Ph.D. from the Rand Graduate School. Courtesy

Although many people were dismayed to learn that the July 8 mission of the space shuttle Atlantis was the last in the 30-year program that epitomized American know-how, inquisitiveness and daring, Mark Albrecht of La Jolla wasn’t a bit surprised. Albrecht not only saw it coming, he was there when the decline began, serving as President George H. W. Bush’s principal advisor on the U.S. space program from 1989 to June, 1992.

Horton Welcomes the News! Dr. Seuss expert finds seven lost stories for book No. 45!

“The Bippalo Seed and Other Lost Stories” by Dr. Seuss (Theodore Geisel) Random House, Sept. 27, 2011; 72 pages; $15; also available in CD and downloadable version. Targeted to ages 6-9, the seven stories in the book are: ▪ “The Bippolo Seed” ▪ “The Bear, the Rabbit, and the Zinniga-Zanniga” ▪ “Gustav the Goldfish” ▪ “Tadd and Todd” ▪ “Steak for Supper” • “The Strange Shirt Spot” • “The Great Henry McBride”

The Sept. 27 release of “The Bippalo Seed and Other Lost Stories” by Dr. Seuss could force Grinches, Sneetches and Loraxes to make room for what might be the next member of that venerable pantheon: the Wild Wheef. The Wheef joins the Icka, Gritch, Grickle and other fanciful characters in the new Dr. Seuss book based on a collection of old stories that have been all but forgotten since their publication in Redbook magazine in the early 1950s.

Researcher’s book offers prescription for better leadership

Author Nina Rosoff resides in La Jolla.

Nina Rosoff — a social and behavioral scientist, academician and organization/leadership specialist — just penned her first book, “The Power of Paradox: The Protean Leader and Leading in Uncertain Times.” The book sees Rosoff tackling the unsolved dilemma of standard economics: How to lead in uncertainty.

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