Tag Archives: Author Events 2018

Dr. Sandra Bonura

“Light in the Queen’s Garden,” by Dr. Sandra Bonura

La Playa Books was thrilled to host Dr. Sandra Bonura at the store this past Sunday!   A noted teacher and historian, Dr. Bonura spoke on the turbulent history of the Kingdom of Hawai’i as told through the eyes of the young American teacher, Ida Pope.   With the help of a visual presentation filled […]

Author James Clay

Author James Clay at La Playa Books!

Western author James Clay spoke to a packed house in the store last Sunday afternoon.   With animated enthusiasm, Clay regaled the crowd with the history and structure of the Western genre, pointing out that the Western is the mythology of America.   From dime novels, to pulp magazine, to the paperback, to the Golden […]

Poet Joan Gannij at La Playa Books

Last weekend La Playa Books had the honor of hosting poet Joan Gannij for a reading of some of her work. Wine and cheese in hand, audience members were regaled by poems that ranged from the thoughtful and warm to outright humorous. Gannij, originally from San Diego but currently residing in Amsterdam, infused her poems […]

Smiley Books

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 […]

Writers Group

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 […]

PLNU Writer Symposium

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. […]