Friends Of The Libraries: Inside the trauma of Haiti

August 30, 2012|By Mary Ellen Goddard

Everyone remembers the terrible 7.0 earthquake in Haiti in 2010. This is your chance to learn more about it from a former Costa Mesa resident.

Chris Rakunas traveled to Haiti to deliver medical and surgical supplies to an orphanage and several hospitals. His book, "Tears for the Mountain," is the story of the triumphs, heartbreaks and problems of distributing aid in a nation lacking the most basic infrastructure and with desperate people trying to survive.

Rakunas grew up in Costa Mesa before going to UC Berkeley, according to information he provided. He received an MBA from USC's Marshall School of Business. He left the health care industry to become an author.


He and his wife, Darcey, live in Oklahoma. He will be the speaker at this year's first author event for the Friends of the Costa Mesa Libraries on Sept. 15. The dinner portion of the program starts at 6 p.m. at the Mesa Verde Methodist Church, 1701 Baker St., Costa Mesa. The cost is $5 and reservations should be made by Sept. 10 by calling (714) 545-9613.


Local Authors

Several weeks ago I asked for the names of Costa Mesa authors. I also referred to them as "local" authors, and some people took me at my word, and sent in names of authors from Newport Beach, Fountain Valley and other "local" towns. In some cases I wasn't easily able to determine just where they were from, so I am including all of those I received.

Also, I realized too late that it would have been advisable to be more specific. I loosely thought of authors of fiction and non-fiction books. As was pointed out to me, some people just write short stories, or plays, or newspaper and magazine articles. Some authors have done most of these types of writing, some only one type.

At least one book will be celebrating its "coming out" party in October: Candi Sary's "Black Crow White Lie." Louisa Arnold's "Tennis Ticklers" is about ready for its fourth edition. Jim Washburn wrote the book on Martin guitars, and co-authored the autobiography of John Crean, "The Wheel and I."

Peter Cropsey wrote "Dead Man Waking. "A recently published book is "The Masked Avenger" by Peter Alexei Maradudin. Matt Lawrence, a professor at Long Beach City College who lives in Costa Mesa, has two non-fiction books, "Like a Splinter in Your Mind" and "Philosophy on Tap."

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