Books

Carlsbad Reads Lisa See Together

by The Editors on March 25, 2013

ShanghaigirlsThis April (2013) the Carlsbad Library’s ninth Carlsbad Reads Together program is diving in on Shanghai Girls, by Lisa See.

Lisa See is the New York Times bestselling author of Peony in Love, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, and Dreams of Joy, as well as the critically acclaimed memoir On Gold Mountain. She will give a free talk and signing on April 13 at 2 p.m. at Carlsbad City Library’s Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium, located at 1775 Dove Lane.

For more information on the book and all the free and open-to-the-public Carlsbad Reads Together events in April 2013, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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Mommy Porn Writer Coming To Costco

by The Editors on July 13, 2012

EljamesE.L. James, the author of those dirty little books the “eat pray hike” crowd just can’t get enough of will be in Carlsbadistan at Costco on Saturday, July 14, 2012 from 11 AM to 1 PM signing copies of her Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy (really?).

Just to put everyone in the mood, here is a little smack of the book from The Daily Beast:

“At the touch of leather, I quiver and gasp. He walks around me again, trailing the crop around the middle of my body. On his second circuit, he suddenly flicks the crop, and it hits me underneath my behind … against my sex … The shock runs through me, and it’s the sweetest, strangest, hedonistic feeling … My body convulses at the sweet, stinging bite. My nipples harden and elongate from the assault, and I moan loudly, pulling on my leather cuffs.”

Guess there are worse things than spending your Saturday nooner at Costco with a bunch of heated up middle-aged Carlsbadistan women, right? Come to Costco, indeed. The Carlsbad Costco is located at 951 Palomar Airport Rd.

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Better Books Sale At The Carlsbad Library

by The Editors on October 18, 2011

100 0832On Saturday and Sunday October 29-30, 2011 the Friends of the Carlsbad Library will be holding their Better Books Sale in the Georgina Cole Library Community Room at 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive.

This is a unique opportunity to choose from hundreds of new and nearly-new coffee-table, art, travel, history, nature and other fine volumes, as well as a variety of children’s books and recent popular novels, both to enjoy now, and to consider for holiday giving.

The Better Book Sale is open from 9 AM to 4 PM on Saturday and from 1 PM to 3 PM on Sunday. Get there earlier for the best selection. And remember, soon books may not even exist anymore. Might as well enjoy them while you can. Follow the jump for more information. [click to continue…]

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Friends Of The Library Summer Book Sale

by The Editors on July 25, 2011

On August 6-7, 2011 the Friend of the Carlsbad Library will be hosting a sale of books that have been donated to the library.

In addition to a huge variety of almost-new books at used-book prices, this mid-summer event will feature collector comic books, vintage newspapers and magazines, signed volumes, leather-bound editions, games, puzzles and much more. . . As always, there will be hundreds of coffee-table books and other fine volumes at a fraction of retail price. They will include books on art, nature, photography and history, as well as cookbooks, craft books, children’s books and hardback copies of recent best-sellers.

The Super Summer Sale is open from 9 AM to 4 PM Saturday, August 6, and 1 to 3 PM on Sunday, Aug. 7. On Sunday, everything will be half price. It’s a perfect time for us to go back and buy some of the books we mistakenly donated to the library the last time we cleaned out our garage. Follow the jump for more info. [click to continue…]

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Villaseñor At Carlsbad Library March 31

by The Editors on March 23, 2011

Beyond-Rain-Of-Gold-Cover-2It’s been a years since we’ve read Victor Villaseñor’s Rain of Gold yet we’re still haunted by the story of the skinned steer running up the mountainside. In fact, that’s one of the few things we remember about reading the book, though at the time we remember finding at least the first half of the book amazing reading.

The reason we’re reminded is that Mr. Villaseñor will be appearing at Carlsbad’s Dove Library at 7 PM on Thursday, March 31, 2011 to talk about his new book Beyond Rain of Gold. Here’s how the book is described on Villaseñor’s website:

Villaseñor’s connection with the Spirit World continued to deepen, awakening him to the ongoing miracles inherent in everyday living. He discovered that his life had suddenly taken on a magical quality, with events occurring that transcended the boundaries of what is normally considered “reality.” Beyond Rain of Gold encompasses the magical messages that Villaseñor’s indigenous ancestors told him are universal themes common to native peoples everywhere on this planet . . . and at one time we were all indigenous.

The reading begins at 7 PM in the Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad. Books will be available for purchase at the library.

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Georgina Cole Library Book Sale

by The Editors on September 21, 2010

Carlsbad Library Book SaleThe Friends of the Carlsbad Library will be selling off extra books on October 2-3, 2010 as part of their Fall Better Books Sale.

It will feature the best of the best – hundreds of nearly new volumes that have been culled from donations to the Friends of the Library bookstore throughout the year. . . “This year’s selection is outstanding,” said Devora Lockton, coordinator of the event, as she prepared items for the sale. . . The event will offer hundreds of coffee-table books and other fine volumes at a fraction of retail price. They include books on art, nature, photography and history, as well as cookbooks, children’s books and hardback copies of recent best-sellers.

Sale hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2. The sale will continue from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 3, when all remaining books will be half price. From the looks of that stack of books Kitty McMahon and Devora Lockton are organizing it would appear that there will be enough copies of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code to go around. For the rest of the details, follow the jump.
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Quilt Wraps Up $1,500 For Kids Reading

by The Editors on June 21, 2010

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The Children’s Department of Carlsbad City Library received a check for $1,500 from the raffle of a handmade quilt at the Friends of the Carlsbad Library’s Better Book Sale in May.

The quilt was sewn by Caroline Barnes in memory of Connie E. Costantino, a former children’s librarian. From left, Vicky Tarulis, a member of the Friends of the Carlsbad Library board, and Anne Linehan, a member of the Carlsbad Library and Arts Foundation board, presented the check to Barbara Chung and Marsha Weeks, both senior librarians in the library’s Children’s Department.

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Carlsbad Library’s Spring Better Books Sale

by The Editors on April 14, 2010

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Holly Moyer (left) and Kitty McMahon sort through books to find the best of the best.

The Friends of the Carlsbad Library volunteers are busy lately sorting and pricing books in preparation for the group’s Spring Better Books Sale, according to Publicity Chairman Tiffany Porter.

The sale is set for May 1-2, 2010 in the Community Room of the Georgina Cole Library, 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive. It will feature the best of the best – hundreds of like-new volumes that have been culled from donations to the Friends of the Library used book store throughout the year. . . . “These books deserve a special look,” said Marianne O’Leary, coordinator of the event, as she prepared items for the sale, assisted by volunteers Kitty McMahon and Holly Moyer.

Without giving too much away let us say this: we know there will be some amazingly good books in this sale because we nearly cried when we dropped some of them off.

For more information on the sale follow the jump.
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Carlsbadistan Reads: Travels With Charley

by The Editors on March 17, 2010

TravelswithcharlieJohn Steinbeck is regarded as one of the greatest writers in the English language and we as Californians can be very proud that he is ours. The Carlsbad Library is celebrating Steinbeck in the month of April as the community reads Steinbeck’s classic road book Travels With Charlie: In Search of America.

In 1960, author John Steinbeck took a cross-country road trip with his poodle, Charley, to reacquaint himself with the America he’d written about all his life. The result was “Travels With Charley: In Search of America,” an intimate look at one of America’s greatest authors. . . . Other events scheduled for April include a Steinbeck film series; a program on the travels of early Carlsbad residents, presented by the Library’s Carlsbad History Room; a travel writing workshop; and Carlsbad Playreaders presenting “The Grapes of Wrath.”

Steinbeck’s son Thomas Steinbeck wlll discuss his legendary father in person on Saturday, April 24, 2010. If we can get if for our Kindle app, we’re on it.

For more information on all the Steinbeck events in April follow the jump.
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Sanchez Tells Stories From The Watercooler

by The Editors on November 9, 2009

SanchezCarlsbadistan’s emmy award winning radio and television news reporter Elizabeth Sanchez has a new self-published book out titled Watercooler: Behind the Scenes and Off the Record, the Untold Stories of Broadcasters, according to a story in the North County Times.

“I had experienced so many things myself, and colleagues were always saying what had happened to them, so I finally decided to approach a variety of reporters and have them write something,” said Sanchez, a Carlsbad resident who is now host of the PBS series “A Place of Our Own.” “There have been a lot of journalists who have written books about events they covered, but never a collection.” . . “There’s a lot of inspiration, adventure, humor, triumph and tragedy,” Sanchez said. “It’s not just a book for journalists, but a book for anyone who enjoys a good true story from someone trying to do a job under sometimes very trying circumstances.”

[Link: North County Times]

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