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Authors, panels, book sales, signings and more, including:


Lisa See
New York Times bestselling
author of Shanghai Girls
and Dreams of Joy

Gotham Chopra
Co-author of The
Seven Spiritual Laws
of Superheroes

Ellen Hopkins
New York Times bestselling author of Crank, Glass
and the upcoming Perfect

Kim Barnouin
Co-author of the bestselling Skinny Bitch series

Chef Bernard Guillas
Marine Room chef and local author of Flying Pans

Offsite parking will be available at the Encinitas City parking lot.

Public transportation is available - take the San Diego Coaster to Encinitas Station.

Food for sale by Global Grind Coffee

Books for sale by Mysterious Galaxy and Yellow Book Road

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(San Diego Union-Tribune)

Bernard Guillas, Cooking With Chef Bernard, 10 a.m.
Award-winning Chef Bernard Guillas directs three restaurants and all catering operations for the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, the Shores Restaurant at the La Jolla Shores Hotel, and the landmark Marine Room restaurant.

Clint Perry & The Boo Hoo Crew, 10 a.m.
Clint Perry's focus is family integration through books, characters and children's songs, and he applies the same kind of catchy and memorable rhymes he used in his first children's book "Pack Rat Pat, Don't Take That!"

Taffy Cannon, San Diego Noir, 10 a.m.
Taffy Cannon is the author of 13 mysteries, including Guns and Roses, an Agatha and Macavity Best Novel nominee, and Blood Matters, Best Mystery/Thriller winner in the San Diego Book Awards. Her short story Instant Karma appears in the recent San Diego Noir anthology.

Ken Kuhlken, San Diego Noir, 10 a.m.
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 a columnist for the San Diego Reader.

Gotham Chopra, Keynote Speaker, 11 a.m.
Gotham Chopra's most recent book - in collaboration with Deepak - titled The Seven Spiritual Laws of Superheroes, was released in June 2011. He is also the author of Walking Wisdom, a book about all the love and licks that go along with being a dad, a dude, a dog-owner and son of Deepak.

Donna Lawrence, San Diego Dog Parks, 11 a.m.
Lawrence has written for National Geographic Traveler, the San Diego Daily Transcript, and the San Diego Natural History Museum's Field Notes, among others. With a Master's Degree in Geography, she has long appreciated San Diego's varied terrain.

Michael Rayner, Juggler, 11 a.m.
Rayner's show has been described as "preposterous brilliance" and "whacky jugglement," a combination of hilarious tricks and stunts with uproarious stand-up and a bounty of improvised fun.

Hamernik Studios, Face Painting & Caricatures, 11:30 a.m.

Richard Carrico, Exploring Local History, 12 p.m.
Carrico is a lecturer in the Department of American Indian Studies at SDSU and an adjunct professor at San Diego City College and Mesa Community College. His research interests include the native tribes of San Diego County, the Spanish contact period, and the history of wine making in California.

David Lewis, Exploring Local History, 12 p.m.
Lewis serves on the board of directors for the Julian Cemetery Association, the Julian Historical Society, and is the president of the Julian Pioneer Museum. Currently, he is preparing to write a history of Julian.

Diane Welch, Exploring Local History, 12 p.m.
Welch is an award-winning author, public speaker, feature journalist and biographer. Through Solana Beach-based Welch Productions, she captures and records personal oral histories, creates voice over for documentaries, and gives entertaining author presentations throughout California.

Kim Barnouin, Keynote Speaker, 12:30 p.m.
This bestselling co-author of the Skinny Bitch series has already informed readers how to "stop eating crap and start looking fabulous." In her new book, Skinny Bitch: Home, Beauty & Style, she shows concerned consumers how to make small and big changes in the products they support.

Michael J's Tribute to Johnny Cash with June Carter, 12:30 p.m.
This program showcases the music, roots and history of Johnny Cash, spanning six decades from the 1950s through 2003 and including fun Johnny and June duets.

Zohreh Ghahremani, Keynote Speaker, 1 p.m.
Iranian-American author Zohreh (Zoe) Ghahremani's novel Sky of Red Poppies was short listed by KPBS for the 2012 One Book, One San Diego program. Her next novel, The Moon Daughter, is scheduled for release in late 2011.

Sparkles the Clown, 1:30 p.m.
Sparkles has been clowning at San Diego libraries for the past 20 years, performing a whimsical magic and big bubble show that also includes face painting and balloon twisting.

Lisa See, Keynote Speaker, 2 p.m.
Lisa See is the New York Times bestselling author of Dreams of Joy, Peony in Love, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Shanghai Girls, Flower Net (an Edgar Award nominee), and the critically acclaimed memoir On Gold Mountain. The Organization of Chinese American Women named her the 2001 National Woman of the Year. She lives in Los Angeles.

Ellen Hopkins, Keynote Speaker, 3 p.m.
Hopkins is the #1 New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of seven young adult novels, including Crank, Glass, Fallout, and the upcoming Perfect. Triangles is her first adult novel, and she is currently working on Tilt, which focuses on the teen characters from Triangles.

Greg Evans, Graphic Novels, Anyone?, 3 p.m.
Evans is the creator of the comic strip Luann, which appears in over 400 papers in the U.S. and abroad. He was chosen as "Cartoonist of the Year" in 2004 by the National Cartoonists Society. Today, Greg lives and works at his home in San Marcos.

Maxwell Alexander Drake, Graphic Novels, Anyone?, 3 p.m.
Drake is an award-winning science fiction/fantasy author and graphic novelist. His debut fantasy series, the Genesis of Oblivion Saga, has won several awards and received praise from fans and professional critics alike. Drake teaches creative writing around the country.

Peter Sprague, 3 p.m.
Over his 30+ years as a professional musician, Peter Sprague has evolved into a musical powerhouse, having produced and or played on over 190 recordings.

Ramon de Ocampo, Amazing Audiobook Artists, 4 p.m.
De Ocampo has performed in numerous theater productions, TV programs and films including The West Wing, Medium and Killer Instinct, as well as numerous audiobooks (Diary of a Wimpy Kid series), radio plays and video games.

Sisi Johnson, Amazing Audiobook Artists, 4 p.m.
Johnson's narration style sets the tone in such award-winning books as Francie and Feathers, and notable books like Romiette & Julio, for which she received the Audiofile Earphones Award, and Dr. Mr. President: Letters From a Slave Girl, for which she was an Audie Award finalist.

Bob Deyan, Amazing Audiobook Artists, 4 p.m.
Deyan has been an audiobook producer for over 20 years. He is founder of Deyan Audio Services, Inc. and works for all major publishers. The audiobook work of Deyan Audio has been nominated for 11 Grammys and has won three Grammys.

Francesca Amari-Sajtar, Amazing Audiobook Artists, 4 p.m.
Amari-Sajtar has been directing audiobooks for five years for Brilliance Audio and Books on Tape . She's directed such award-winning narrators as Scott Brick, Christopher Lane, Julia Whelan, Jeannie Stith, Susan Ericksen, Joyce Bean, Laural Merlington, Michael Page and more.

Jennifer Niven, Explore the World, 4 p.m.
Niven is the author of The Ice Master, which was named one of the top 10 nonfiction books of the year by Entertainment Weekly, and won the prestigious Gambrinus Giuseppe Mazziotti Prize in Italy. Her second book, Ada Blackjack, was a Book Sense Top Ten Pick.

Bette Pegas, Explore the World, 4 p.m.
Pegas' memoir, Chasing a Dream in the Galápagos: A Personal Evolution, unites her two passions: writing and nature. A grant writer and educational associate, Pegas lives with her husband in El Cajon, California, where she is working on a collection of short stories.

Jillian Lauren, Explore the World, 4 p.m.
Lauren is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Some Girls: My Life in a Harem, which told the story of how a nice girl from the suburbs ended up in a harem in Brunei. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their son.

Parties by Daniela & Co., Face Painting, 4 p.m.

Deborah Halverson, Keynote Speaker, 5 p.m.
Halverson is the author of Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies and founder of the writer's advice website DearEditor.com. She edited young adult and children's fiction with Harcourt Children's Books before writing the award-winning teen novels Honk If You Hate Me and Big Mouth.

Matt & the Damons, 5 p.m.
Matt & the Damons, one of the finalists in SDCL's 2011 Teen Battle of the Bands, will perform.

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