Tag archives: writer

A Golden Book
By Richard Mineards   |   October 3, 2023

To Chaucer’s, the bibliophile bastion in Loreto Plaza, to hear Chicago-based author Melanie Benjamin, 60, expound on her latest novel California Golden, about two sisters navigating the surf culture and tangled ties between mothers and daughters in the ‘60s. A prolific historical novelist, Benjamin wrote The Aviator’s Wife on Anne Morrow Lindbergh, which has been […]

On the Book-Case
By Tim Buckley   |   August 8, 2023

Through her decades-long work as an executive, producer, and on-air reporter for Court TV and the Nancy Grace show on HLN, Wendy Whitman has become an acknowledged expert on the subject of murder in America. A graduate of the Boston University School of Law, Whitman, who also used to work for comedians Lily Tomlin and […]

T.C. Boyle and Kerrie Kvashay-Boyle Rock ‘Blue Skies’
By Joanne A Calitri   |   August 1, 2023

The complexities of reviewing literature cannot be overstated, especially in the cosmic case of T.C. Boyle, an award-winning writer of 30-plus novels published in 24 languages, done on a cyclical exchange with books of short stories and other works. He writes continuously and is not here to people please anyone. Like it or love it, […]

‘All’s Fair’ in Art Scams
By Richard Mineards   |   July 18, 2023

Retired Montecito corporate attorney David Gersh has published his latest art mystery tome featuring Jonathan Benjamin Franklin, All’s Fair. It is the fourth in the series and one of eight books David, a Harvard Law School graduate, has written. “This is undoubtedly the best art scam work I have ever created,” he enthuses. The novel […]

Bloomsday is Back
By Steven Libowitz   |   June 20, 2023

Bloomsday is the commemoration and celebration of the life and literary output of Irish writer James Joyce, and particularly his epic Ulysses, held annually on June 16, the single day span featured in the book and named after its protagonist Leopold Bloom. Santa Barbara joined the Bloomsday community last year on the 100th anniversary of […]

Kenneth Rexroth: A Poet of Montecito
By Anthony Wall   |   May 16, 2023

If I had to pick a favorite park in the world, it would have to be the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris. Not just for its rolling green lawns, ornamental fountains, and sycamore-lined promenades, but for its marvelous statues and busts. Instead of honoring the typical senators and soldiers, the Jardin du Luxembourg also features memorials […]

Joe Purpura’s ‘Code Crisis’
By Richard Mineards   |   April 11, 2023

Montecito doctor Joe Purpura has published his first book Code Crisis, a fast-paced thriller about a lonely gynecologist who risks everything for love and his country. “I love the thriller genre and for years had been bouncing around the idea of writing a novel about a physician as a reluctant hero who gets dragged into […]

A New Dreamy Book by Bill
By Richard Mineards   |   November 22, 2022

Montecito author and illustrator Bill Dalziel has published his second children’s book Charlie’s Dream, a sequel to his first Ulma, the Kidnapped Tree, which he will help launch at Tecolote in the Upper Village on December 3, with 10 percent of the book purchases at the bash donated to Storyteller Children’s Center, a local nonprofit. […]

Book ‘em 
By Steven Libowitz   |   October 25, 2022

As Time Goes By, the new novel from SBCC English professor emeritus W. Royce Adams, follows his protagonist called Old, who is now near death and reflecting on key life moments dealing with love, lust, friendships, betrayal, and illness. Working on his memoir, Old asks himself “playful existential questions with no pertinent answers,” examining whether […]

Museum Moments
By Steven Libowitz   |   September 13, 2022

Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s Parallel Stories investigates the concept that while something gets lost in translation, maybe also there’s something to be gained in the process, at least in relation to poetry, serving to build bridges across borders and between cultures via introducing new syntactic strategies, rhythms, and image repertoires. Poet, translator, and literary […]

Thoughts for Salman Rushdie
By Richard Mineards   |   August 30, 2022

On a personal note, my thoughts are with writer Sir Salman Rushdie, 75, as he recovers after being stabbed repeatedly by an Iranian sympathizer as he was about to speak at the Chautauqua Institute literary festival in upstate New York. It follows the fatwa issued by Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini in 1989 after his 1988 […]

Lodging a Love Story
By Steven Libowitz   |   July 19, 2022

The pandemic might have been a cause for pause for most of us, but Claudia Hoag McGarry took a different path. Not only did the screenwriter-turned-playwright take up watercolor painting – she’s created more than 575 pieces in 27 months, several hundred of which have sold online or, more recently, at Kathryne Designs in Montecito […]

Award on the Journey Home
By Richard Mineards   |   May 17, 2022

Carpinteria’s international bestselling children’s author Hal Price and entertainment artist Michael Bayouth have gained national recognition as winners of the inaugural Bedside Reading Book Cover Award for their children’s rhyming verse chapter work, A Heart’s Journey Home. “It has been a magical experience working with such an amazing talent like Michael,” says Price. “We first […]

The Little Book
By Lynda Millner   |   April 12, 2022

Writers and friends gathered at Tecolote recently to celebrate Steven Gilbar’s latest tome, having published over 20 books. This one is titled The Little Book of Montecito Writers and includes over 50 names. This doesn’t count journalists or memoirists.  No garrets or starving poets here, with the median home costing about $5 million. Gilbar thinks […]

Lola Blanche
By Sigrid Toye   |   March 22, 2022

One of the gems presented in the short film program of the 2022 Santa Barbara International Film Festival was a 13-minute beautifully shot piece titled Kissy and the Shark helmed by writer/director Lola Blanche. In its brief running time, the film covers a myriad of topics that include nuanced views of interpersonal relationships, humanity’s deep […]

Book ‘em: Writers’ Round-up at Tecolote
By Steven Libowitz   |   March 17, 2022

Prolific local literature lover Steven Gilbar, who probably spends as much time involved in books, research, and writing as he does practicing law, has just added another new title to his two dozen-strong published collection, this one sharpening the local angle to focus on writers who call Montecito home. Titled The Little Book of Montecito […]

Author Michael Lewis Offers Insight to Bestsellers
By Scott Craig   |   March 15, 2022

Bestselling author Michael Lewis shared insight into his blockbuster books such as Moneyball, The Undoing Project, and The Fifth Risk, at the 17th annual President’s Breakfast on March 4 at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort.  Exactly two years ago, Daniel Kahneman, the subject of Lewis’ book, The Undoing Project, spoke at the breakfast on […]

Author Michael Lewis Headlines Breakfast
By Scott Craig   |   January 25, 2022

Michael Lewis, bestselling author of blockbuster books such as Moneyball and The Blind Side, speaks with Westmont president Gayle D. Beebe at the 17th annual President’s Breakfast Friday, March 4, 2022, from 7:30 am to 9 am in the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort. Tickets cost $125 each and go on […]

A ‘Dream’ Come True
By Richard Mineards   |   January 18, 2022

Montecito artist and general contractor William Dalziel has published his second children’s book, Charlie’s Dream. The latest work is the sequel to his first book Ulma, The Kidnapped Tree, which he launched two years ago. Bill describes his new book as “a story of courage, dreams, and freedom” taking us on a journey of magical […]

Arch of a Story: From the Big Screen to the Bookshelf
By Steven Libowitz   |   May 13, 2021

It’s been more than a quarter-century since Jeff Arch’s first produced screenplay Sleepless in Seattle arrived in American multiplexes. But the Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan romantic comedy — which broke the genre’s meet-cute mold in that the leads don’t actually meet in person until the end — gave the then-struggling writer his first success, […]