Marketa Hancova and International Women’s Day at La Playa Books

March 8th was International Women’s Day and we celebrated at La Playa Books by having Marketa Hancova speak about her journey across the sea from Czechoslovakia to America.     Enthralled by the notion of freedom and liberty, Marketa made her way to the United States after growing up under Communism. Marketa set the tone […]

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La Playa Books and Jane Smiley at PLNU’s Writer’s Symposium

Point Loma Nazarene University’s Writer’s Symposium by the Sea is in full swing, and Tuesday night Pulitzer Prize winner Jane Smiley gave an interview with Dr. Dean Nelson to a captive audience. La Playa books was present in the lobby selling Jane Smiley’s books and facilitating an after-interview book signing. Many audience members went home […]

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Book Love: Spruce Up Your Library this Valentine’s Day

The season of love is upon us, and while dinner with your darling may be nice and all, have you ever seen the gloriousness that is row upon row of thoughtfully cultivated books? Your collection of books will still be there when the flowers fade, so show them some love this Valentine’s Day and spruce […]

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Konstellation Press at La Playa Books!

La Playa Books welcomed Konstellation Press and their presentation of “Magic, Murder, and Mystery” last Thursday evening. The book is an anthology of short stories written by The Second Thursday Writers Group, so named so that the members would never forget what day of the week they were scheduled to meet. Frustrated with the limitations […]

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Meet Jane Smiley at PLNU’s Writer’s Symposium

  Point Loma Nazarene University’s 2018 Writer’s Symposium by the Sea kicks off on Monday, February 19 with an incredible roster of authors including Deepak Chopra, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Pulitzer Prize winner, Jane Smiley. The Writer’s Symposium is an annual event founded by Dr. Dean Nelson and brings lively, evocative conversations to PLNU from some […]

Wanjiru Warama at La Playa Books

Last weekend La Playa Books was thrilled to host local author Wanjiru Warama as she discussed her memoirs, “Unexpected America” and “Entangled in America”. With a calm voice and gentle smile, Wanjiru shared the outline of her life with her captivated audience, explaining how she came to be in America far from her Kenyan roots. […]

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5 Famous Authors From California

The sunshine and promise the name California brings to mind has captivated people since the gold rush, prompting millions to abandon all and head West to make their fortune. California has not only given many their dreams, but has also sprung some of the world’s most talented writers from her soil. These 5 famous authors […]

5 Lengthy Classics to Tackle in 2018

Many great classics of literature are so intimidatingly long that the thought of plowing through them is simply overwhelming. However, the riches these verbose classics contain are well worth the effort and discipline it takes to read them from cover to cover. What better time to begin reading some of the great works of literature […]