Joaquin Guzman

Sean Penn chooses La Jolla for first-ever book reading

Sean Penn chooses La Jolla for first-ever book reading

Sean Penn read from his first novel on Saturday, April 7, at D.G. Wills Books. Approximately 100 white folding chairs were filled inside the tiny bookstore at 7461 Girard Ave., in the driveway and on the sidewalk. About 100 more passersby watched and listened, through a P.A. system, while standing outside.

At 2 p.m., right on time, the Oscar-winning star of Mystic River and Milk sauntered up to the bookstore’s front entrance. Onlookers cheered as he entered and approached a microphone behind the checkout counter.

Sean Penn enters D.G. Wills books. COREY LEVITAN

“I like trains, so instead of chapters, there are stations,” he said. “This is...

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