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Scheduled Authors & EventsParking Information
Authors, panels, book sales, signings and more, including:


Richard Dreyfuss
Keynote Speaker

D.J. MacHale
Bestselling Author

Deck Out Your Deck
Skateboard Design Workshop


Scheduled Authors & Events

Adult Schedule

Richard Dreyfuss, Keynote Speaker, 10:30 a.m.
Actor Richard Dreyfuss will speak about The Dreyfuss Initiative, a civics project with the aim "to teach our kids how to run our country with common sense and realism, before it's time for them to run the country."

Laurel Corona, Fiction Panel, 12 p.m.
Laurel Corona has combined her love of writing and teaching for more than three decades. She has taught in the San Diego area since 1975, working first at SDSU then at UCSD, and is currently a professor of Humanities at San Diego City College.

Naomi Hirahara, Fiction Panel, 12 p.m.
Books in Naomi Hirahara's Mas Arai series, which features a Japanese American gardener and atomic-bomb survivor who solves crimes, include Summer of the Big Bachi, Gasa-Gasa Girl, and the Edgar Award-winning Snakeskin Shamisen. The fourth book in the series, Blood Hina, was released this year.

Ken Kuhlken, Fiction Panel, 12 p.m.
Ken Kuhlken's stories have appeared in Esquire and dozens of other magazines and anthologies, been honorably mentioned in Best American Short Stories, and earned a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. He has been a frequent contributor and columnist for the San Diego Reader.

Rae Armantrout, Keynote Speaker, 1 p.m.
Rae Armantrout's most recent book, Versed, received the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Wesleyan will publish Armantrout's next collection, Money Shot, in spring of 2011. She is Professor of Poetry and Poetics at the University of California, San Diego.

Robert Pincus, Book Review Panel, 2 p.m.
Robert L. Pincus was the art critic of The San Diego Union-Tribune for 25 years and its book editor and books columnist beginning in 2008. Before that, he was an art critic for the Los Angeles Times for four years.

Christie Ridgway, Book Review Panel, 2 p.m.
Christie Ridgway is a USAToday bestselling author of over 30 contemporary romances for Berkley, Avon, Harlequin, and Silhouette Books. The first book in her new Three Kisses trilogy, Crush on You, hit the shelves in June. Out this month is a romance from Silhouette titled Not Just the Nanny.

Alan Russell, Book Review Panel, 2 p.m.
Alan Russell's eight novels have ranged from whodunits to comedic capers to suspense, and his works have been nominated for most of the major awards in crime fiction. His books have garnered him a Critics' Choice Award, The Lefty, and several San Diego Book Awards.

Justin Halpern, Keynote Speaker, 3 p.m.
Justin Halpern, 29, is the founding editor of the comedy website HolyTaco.com and a senior writer at Maxim.com. Halpern created the Twitter page "Sh*t My Dad Says," and is co-writing and co-executive producing a sitcom adaptation for Warner Bros and CBS.

Teen Schedule

Lynn Kramer, 10 a.m.
World-class skateboarder Lynn Kramer will conduct the "Deck Out Your Deck" skateboard design workshop. Kramer is a seven-time Women's World Champion of Slalom Skateboarding, holds three world records for slalom skateboarding, and owns two engineering companies.

D. J. MacHale, 12 p.m.
D.J. MacHale is a writer, producer, and director of several popular television series and movies including Flight 29 Down and Are You Afraid of the Dark? His first book series, Pendragon, is a #1 New York Times bestselling series. D.J. lives in Manhattan Beach, CA with his wife and daughter.

Children's Stage Schedule

Shelley Moore Thomas, 11 a.m.
Shelley Moore Thomas is the author of the award-winning Good Knight series. Shelley (aka The StoryQueen) can also be found dressed in a velvet gown dripping with royal bling, as she and her puppets share folktales from around the world, as well as original stories.

Gretchen Wendel, 12 p.m.
Gretchen Schomer Wendel is author of the award-winning series of children's books "Becka and the Big Bubble." Along with the six books, Gretchen and her brother Adam Schomer have a television show based on the books which airs regularly on PBS.

Edith Hope Fine, 1 p.m.
Edith Hope Fine is a teacher-turned-writer, with numerous magazine and newspaper credits. Her award-winning books include science, grammar, picture books, and biographies of Gary Paulsen, Barbara McClintock, Martin Luther King Jr., and Rosa Parks.

D. J. MacHale, 2 p.m.
D.J. MacHale is a writer, producer, and director of several popular television series and movies including Flight 29 Down and Are You Afraid of the Dark? His first book series, Pendragon, is a #1 New York Times bestselling series. D.J. lives in Manhattan Beach, CA with his wife and daughter.

...and more! Keep checking back for updates.

Parking Information

Parking for the Book Festival will be available in three places:

  • The library parking lot, accessible from either D Street or Cornish Drive.
  • The City of Encinitas office complex, located down the hill from the library.
  • The Encinitas Coaster station.

A shuttle will make stops at the City of Encinitas parking lot and the Coaster station on its way to the library.


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Sponsored by:

Dr. Seuss Foundation, David C. Copley Trust, Mizel Family Foundation

Special Thanks to:

The Friends of the Encinitas Library, Mysterious Galaxy, Yellow Book Road and McNeill Guest House

The County of San Diego and the San Diego County Library disclaim any responsibility for the accuracy of the translations.