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La Jolla author Kat Cowley’s book, ‘Week to Strong: Thought-Shifting Mental Shape-Up Plan,’ is a week-by-week guide to exercising positivity.

Proof Positive: La Jolla author pens guide for improving your attitude

Jan 14, 2015, 4:52 p.m.

When the New Year rolls around, most people resolve to lose weight or get in shape. But La Jolla author Kat Cowley has a different exercise routine in mind — one for the attitude. What if, she poses, we resolved to get better about not nagging, being a more encouraging friend or not comparing ourselves to others? “The angle I wanted to hit home with my book is that positivity needs a regimen,” she said. “It’s not just ‘oh, that’s ...

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Spotlight on Local Business: Book events at Warwick’s drive readers’ interests in La Jolla

Dec 3, 2014, 11:46 a.m.

• BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: "William T. Warwick opened his first store in Minnesota in 1896 and relocated it to La Jolla in the 1930s,” said owner Nancy Warwick, who proudly added, “Warwick’s is the oldest family-owned and operated bookstore in the United States.” Book lovers may be well aware of Warwick’s superb collection of books and writers events, including visits by authors Hillary Rodham Clinton, Jimmy carter, Margaret Thatcher, Garrison Keillor, Ozzy Osbourne, Amy Tan and Justice Sonia Sotomayor. But customers ...

La Jolla High School grad launches novel at the library

Nov 11, 2014, 4:59 p.m.

New York Times bestselling author Caitlin Rother, a graduate of La Jolla High School, will sign, sell and speak about “Naked Addition” her first fiction novel, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19 at La Jolla Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. “I hope people in La Jolla will enjoy reading a story that takes place in their own neighborhood,” she said, adding events in the book occur at Harry’s Coffee Shop, the hang-glider port at Torrey Pines and WindanSea Beach. A longtime ...

Ari Shavit.

San Diego Jewish Book Fair marks 20 years of discussions

Nov 3, 2014, 3:47 p.m.

The 20th annual San Diego Jewish Book Fair (presented by the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture) will host headliner Ari Shavit, speaking 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at Temple Solel in Cardiff. Book Fair events run Nov. 13-16 at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center in La Jolla, with North County events scheduled for Nov. 8-10 at Temple Solel, 3575 Manchester Ave., in Cardiff. A free Family Day Book-a-Palooza, is set for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16 ...

La Jolla Library’s new head librarian, Shaun Briley. Ashley Mackin

La Jolla Library welcomes new chief Shaun Briley

Jul 31, 2014, 9:03 a.m.

By Ashley Mackin For La Jolla Riford Library’s new head librarian, Shaun Briley, books have been a part of his life and career, in some form or another, every step of the way. Having taken the reins on June 30 from the retiring Catherine Greene, the London native said being a librarian is a natural fit and he is happy to be in La Jolla. “I walk into this beautiful building every day and just feel so grateful,” he said. ...

Hillary Clinton came to La Jolla on June 25 to sign copies of her new book, ‘Hard Choices,’ at Warwick’s Bookstore.  Pat Sherman photo

VIEWPOINT: My 30 seconds with Hillary

Jul 8, 2014, 5:16 p.m.

By Mary Lou Goldstein I have to forget about Hillary. But how can I forget about Hillary? Everywhere I look there’s Hillary. I turn on the television, Hillary is being interviewed. I turn on the radio and who is being interviewed? Hillary. Perhaps if I retreat to the newspaper she won’t be there. But the subject of the “By The Book” column in The New York Times is Hillary Rodham Clinton. Thanks to that column I now know that she ...

Picture Perfect: Photographer captures essence of La Jolla’s people, places in new book

Jun 24, 2014, 4:54 p.m.

By Pat Sherman An image of the Pacific spitting skyward as a wave crashes dramatically into La Jolla’s craggy coast; a couple quietly sitting on a bench, gazing out at an orange and purple sunset; runners dressed in monkey and banana suits taking part in the La Jolla Half Marathon. Engineer-turned-photographer Nick Agelidis has transformed his love affair with La Jolla into a picture book showcasing the Village’s awe-inspiring beauty, historic landmarks, architecture and endearing community spirit. “La Jolla: A ...

Retiring La Jolla librarian Catherine Greene.

Checking Out: La Jolla librarian Catherine Greene to retire

Jun 23, 2014, 8:39 a.m.

By Ashley Mackin With 33 years of library service — the last six at La Jolla’s Riford Branch (and a few at La Jolla Country Day School) — Catherine Greene, La Jolla’s head librarian, will retire June 27. “I am immensely grateful for having worked here. I’m very lucky,” she said, adding that the people she has come across have enriched her experiences. “People in this town are readers. They know what they are interested in, they know books and ...

Garrison Keillor

Best-selling humorists coming to San Diego

May 27, 2014, 2:48 p.m.

Writers Garrison Keillor and David Sedaris are scheduled to make June appearances in San Diego at presentations arranged by Warwick’s bookstore. • Keillor will discuss his latest book, “ The Keillor Reader ,” 3 p.m. Sunday, June 8 at the University of San Diego’s Shiley Theatre. A book signing will follow. “The Keillor Reader” captures the scope of his work, including monologues from “A Prairie Home Companion,” stories from The New Yorker and The Atlantic, excerpts from novels, poetry, and ...

La Jolla Library’s Pen 2 Paper writing group postponed

Apr 14, 2014, 8:43 a.m.

The La Jolla Library’s Pen 2 Paper Writing Group — a drop-in writing group for those working on projects or working to keep creativity going — that usually meets on Thursdays is temporarily postponed and will resume on May 29 at 1 p.m. The group writes in accordance with a prompt with a voluntary reading at the end. The library is located at 7555 Draper Ave. More information at

Susan Allen Toth will discuss her book, "No Saints Around Here: A Caregiver's Days," 11 a.m. Saturday April 12 at the La Jolla Library.

Writer/author to share her caregiver experience at La Jolla Library event

Apr 11, 2014, 10:31 a.m.

By Ashley Mackin Writer and part-time La Jolla resident Susan Allen Toth asserts that grief and loss are part of everyone’s life, and if you’re lucky, so are love and joy. Toth experienced all this and more during her years caring for her husband, architect James Stageberg, through the end of his life. She documents their day-to-day trials in a new book, “No Saints Around Here: A Caregiver’s Days,” which she will read from 11 a.m. Saturday, April 12 at ...

‘Lightning Strikes Twice’ is the latest book by La Jollan William ‘Sweetwater Willie’ LaBarge Courtesy Photos

Retired naval pilot's thriller delves into Iranian nuclear program

Mar 11, 2014, 3:19 p.m.

By Pat Sherman It’s been more than two decades since La Jollan and New York Times Bestselling author William “Bill” LaBarge penned his last book. Now, the former Top Gun is back in top literary form with a new political thriller based on the controversy surrounding Iran’s nuclear weapons program. “This was probably the hardest book I’ve written due to the research (required),” said LaBarge, who spent 23 years in the Navy and two decades after as a pilot for ...

Pauline Frommer and her father, Arthur, who founded the Frommer’s travel guides.

Get out of town! Travel writer Pauline Frommer to speak in La Jolla

Feb 1, 2014, 8:12 a.m.

By Ashley Mackin Pauline Frommer, co-author of the famed Frommer’s travel guides, will discuss trends in travel and unique destinations, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5 at Warwick’s Books, 7812 Girard Ave. A Q&A session will follow. “One of the biggest clichés in travel writing is the promo ‘things the guidebooks won’t tell you,’ she said in an interview with La Jolla Light to advance her visit. “But we have a lot of pages to fill every year, so we will ...

Doris McCoy (right) meets Chelsea Clinton, and gives the first copy of her book, ‘Remarkable Leaders: Risk Takers Who Dare Us,’ to former President Bill Clinton.

La Jolla author Doris McCoy releases eighth book

Jan 23, 2014, 2:28 p.m.

By Ashley Mackin Doris McCoy, whose books pose thought-provoking questions to influential figures, recently published her eighth book and gave the first copy to former President Bill Clinton. Clinton and his daughter Chelsea were featured in her most recent work, “Remarkable Leaders: Risk Takers Who Dare Us,” so she wanted to make sure he received a copy. She got her opportunity while attending the Health Matters Conference in nearby Palm Springs. From a previous meeting, there is a photo of ...