Local Author Remembers D-Day

by The Editors on April 8, 2008

Carlsbad resident David Roderick was “a 20-year-old sergeant with the 4th Infantry Division when he waded onto nearby Utah Beach on June 6, 1944,” according to a story in the central Illinois Herald Review. Apparently, Marueen LoBue isn’t the only one in Carlsbadistan who is into self publishing.

He recently published a book, “Utah Beach,” partly to give credit to all the sailors, airmen and airborne soldiers who helped make the landing of his division such a great success. . . . “I’ve always been a little bit aggravated at the media and films who always emphasize the carnage at Omaha Beach,” said Roderick, 84. “I thought I’d try to clarify the issue at Utah.” . . . With the help of Web sites on World War II veterans, Roderick tells the stories of sailors whose ships were sunk in the English Channel while shelling German positions onshore. He also credits the Army Air Force, especially P-47 Thunderbolt pilots, and the Airborne soldiers of the 82nd and 101st divisions, with clearing the way for soldiers to survive.

If you’d like a copy of Roderick’s book simply send $25 to: David Roderick, 923 Marguerite Lane, Carlsbad, CA 92011.

[Link: The Herald & Review]

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Carlsbad’s Dr. Feel Good’s New Jesus Book

by The Editors on April 4, 2008

DeepakDeepak Chopra, the author, speaker, Carlsbadistanian, and founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing at the La Costa Resort & Spa has a new book out. This one is about something he calls the Cosmic Jesus. It is titled: The Third Jesus: The Christ We Cannot Ignore.

“I said to myself, ‘Why not write a book that takes Jesus’ teachings —- and it doesn’t matter if you’re Christian or not —- and learn from this and improve your life?'” he told The Associated Press at the Chopra Center and Spa in midtown Manhattan.

Seems nothing is more profitable these days than offering up happiness solutions by blending the East and the West into something that we all can feel good about. And no one does it better than Deepak.

[Link: North County Times]

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Alexander McCall Smith At Carlsbad Library

by The Editors on April 4, 2008

1 No 1 Ladies Detective Agency 450HCarlsbad Reads Together, a community-wide reading program has recently chosen the best-selling novel The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by AlexanderMcCall Smith.

A highlight of the program will be an evening with Alexander McCall Smith on Thursday, April 24 at 7pm. The event will take place at Carlsbad City Library’s Schulman Auditorium at 1775 Dove Lane. Seating is limited and tickets will be required. Free tickets, limit two per person, will be given out at Schulman Auditorium beginning at 6pm on April 24. The talk will be followed by a signing and books will be available for purchase, with a percentage of proceeds going to the Friends of the Carlsbad Library.

The library is also featuring free films about Africa on April 9, 16, 23, and 30. For more information about Carlsbad Reads Together click the jump or visit

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Bagging On The Environment

by The Editors on March 6, 2008

Tn-412004 MbamcoverAt first we thought this was the memoir of a bitter old man and his wife, however, My Bag and Me, is actually a kids book that was produced by Carslbad-based Penton Kids Press to teach kids about the importance of reducing our dependency on paper and plastic bags.

“We believe it is important to help young children understand and participate in going green,” says Penton Marketing Director Tom McGrew. He adds, “‘My Bag and Me’ follows a child, and his reusable shopping bag, on a trip to the grocery store. By the end of the story, the child is ready to say no to paper and plastic and prove it with his own reusable bag.”

So yeah, keep consuming kids, but when you’re bringing home a carload of food wrapped in plastic and paper be sure to carry it in a reusable cloth bag.


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Mean Carlsbad Mom Writes Book

by The Editors on March 4, 2008

MlobueMarueen LoBue sounds a little scary. She’s raised two sons Andy, 27, and Ben, 21 and now that they’re out of the house and still alive she believes she has a little information to share with the rest of us in the form of a “self-published” book titled Mean Mom’s Club: The Mom’s Rule Book.

“If you consider a mom’s role is to insure safety,” LoBue said, “then it becomes clear that your job does indeed including being a mean mom: setting clear boundaries and saying no when the boundaries are being tested, each and every time without fail.”

Damn, if wasn’t for our Mean Reader Club rule about never, ever reading another self-published book, we’d check it out. Sadly, we’ll never grasp any of the pearls of wisdom Mrs. LoBue is handing out. Hey, rules are rules.

[Link: North County Times]

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Big Bubble Book Launch Party Tonight at La Costa

by The Editors on November 8, 2007

51-Wxbd1Sal. Aa240 Tonight, November 8, 2007 at the La Costa Resort and Spa from 5:45 to 8:30 Barnes & Noble and Gretchen Schomer Wendel and Adam Schomer are throwing a book launch party that is “free and open to the public” for their award winning series of books Becka and the Big Bubble.

At the free event, open to the public, one can “meet Becka”, be put inside a bubble by the Bubble Lady, enjoy complimentary drinks and food and walk away with a goodie bag full of spa items and much more.

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National Book Award Finalist Reads Nov. 6

by The Editors on November 6, 2007

Kath2San Diego children’s book author Kathleen Duey, whose book Skin Hunger (A Resurrection of Magic) is a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award for Literature for Young People, will be reading her work this evening [November 6, 2007] at 7 PM in the Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium at the Carlsbad Library at 1775 Dove Lane.

We apologize for not giving more warning. For more info call (760) 602-2047

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Former Teacher Writes Childrens’ Book

by The Editors on October 29, 2007

61Jmcf57C+L. Aa240 Jefferson Elementary school teacher Marta Arroyo retired in 2006 after 20 years at the school, however, she has not stopped her educating ways. With some help from Jefferson art teacher Marsha Hawes, Arroyo has written and self-published a book titled La Fiesta y el Mariachi, according to a story in the North County Times.

Arroyo said she found herself recalling classroom situations where sensitivity was continually required. “What we were really talking about was culture. We can learn from each other’s culture and respect each other’s culture,” Arroyo said. “And my book is a cultural story about a little girl going to a fiesta with her parents, where she sees the mariachi.”

The 36-page book is written in both English and Spanish so everyone can read it. To get a copy of “La Fiesta y el Mariachi simply click the title.

[Link: North County Times]

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Carlsbad Hosts The Book Crawl Kick Off

by The Editors on September 16, 2007

10 56 089 15 07As much as we love books, we hate smelling old, bathed-in-other-people’s dead-skin dust used books. That’s why the First Annual Used Bookstore Crawl on Wednesday September 19 is so horrifying.

Founded by Patricia McFarland, the owner of Encinitas’ Book Tales, this event will see 26 people load up on a chartered bus for an all-day tour of eight of San Diego’s dusty, cracked-spine, used book stores, according to a story in the North County Times.

[McFarland] looked at the bookstore scene and found many store owners like her were disappearing. “It’s kind of scary on our part,” she said. “I’m one of the last, if not the last, used bookstore in Encinitas right now. There are not much of us left out there. And it’s not because there’s no reading public.” . . . Figuring much of the malaise was because of a lack of public awareness of used bookstores’ enduring existence, she was inspired to create the crawl.

The tour begins at 9 AM in the parking lot of The Ocean House in Carlsbad with Fahrenheit 451 as the first stop, then moves on to The Paperback Book Exchange, Ducky Waddles, Book Tales, Earth Song in Del Mar, Pennywise in Pacific Beach, and then downtown to San Diego’s Wahrenbrock’s Book House before finishing at Mysterious Galaxy in Clairemont. All this for $36.50 including lunch. For more on the Used Bookstore Crawl, contact (760) 436-7892.

[Link: North County Times]

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