Saturday, May 26, 2007


Riding with Lise…………..Lise, our events coordinator, recently took a trip aboard the SCIBA bus and would like to offer the following report:

“Whenever I travel, I always visit local bookstores, its part of the fun. So does my mother. So, when I saw that the local association of book sellers (the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association, of which in the spirit of full disclosure, I must confess to being a past president) offered bus tours of Southern California bookstores, I thought what better Mother’s Day gift! The bus visited four Orange County bookstores, each one with its own charm. We dined at a rooftop restaurant at Laguna, heard two authors speak, and spent an idyllic day browsing. SCIBA is offering three more bus tours this year: June 23 to four Los Angeles book stores, August 18 to San Diego (leaving from Union Station downtown), and September 29 to museum book stores in Los Angeles. Each includes lunch (excellent food, by the way) and a goodie bag (mine had Andrea Portes’ novel Hick plus another novel). Highly recommended, perhaps I see you on one in the future. The web site is

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In case you missed it………..Berkeley Breathed’s recent signing was a great success. The creator “Bloom County” and its beloved Opus, signed his most recent children’s picture book Mars Needs Moms for an appreciative audience. Pictured here is Mr. Breathed and two helpers:

The grill of it all………..with Memorial Day weekend upon us, it’s time to dust off the old grill and get cooking. Now, hot dogs and hamburgers are well and good, but if you’re interested in raising the barbecue bar, you might want to check out these books, recommended by Dutton’s resident grillmaster, Billy:

Cook’s Illustrated Guide to Grilling and Barbecue from Cook’s Illustrated Magazine
Barbecue! Bible by Steven Raichlin
Mastering the Grill by Andrew Schloss and David Joachim


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