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By Michael Miller | May 16, 2013
Chip Fesko keeps a folder of his past correspondence, a nearly inch-thick stack of the words that cause less-resilient authors to pack it in: "We have now had a chance to consider your material, and we regret to say that it is not right for us. " "After a great deal of discussion, we came to the unhappy conclusion that we are not ready to expand our market... " "Thank you for your recent query. ... Unfortunately, it does not suit our editorial needs at the moment. " That binder, quite a bit thicker than Fesko's actual manuscript, contains some rejection letters so old they were written on manual typewriters.
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SPORTS
By Steve Virgen | May 10, 2013
Ever wonder what it takes to raise elite athletes, including one who became a five-time Olympic gold medalist? Wella Hartig, the mother of Aaron and Hayley Peirsol, details her experience of what she describes in one instance as, "a perfect storm," in her new book, "Buoyant: How Water and Willpower Helped Wella to Channel Aaron and Hayley Peirsol. " Hartig wrote the book with Laura Cottam Sajbel. It's available online. Hartig writes about the triumphs, adversity and pressure it took to raise Aaron, the world record holder in the 100- and 200-meter backstroke, and Hayley, a standout distance swimmer who competed for Auburn and later became a triathlete.
NEWS
By Jeffrey Harlan | April 26, 2013
On Tuesday afternoon, after an underwhelming and predictable Costa Mesa City Council study session about the proposed charter, I left the Council Chambers and decided to take a quick stroll to the greenbelt across the street from the Police Station. The 2.5-acre property, envisioned since 2005 as the potential home of the city's central library, hosts mature trees and an aging, unremarkable billboard. The architectural rendering is faded, and the sign is peeling away from its frame.
NEWS
April 22, 2013
The Orange Coast College Friends of the Library spring book sale is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. The used books, most of which cost $1, are of a variety of genres. The sale is at OCC, 2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa, in its library on the southwest side of campus. The last two hours of each sale day will have a "dollar-a-bag" session. Metered parking is in Lot E, near Merrimac Way and Fairview. For more information, call (714) 432-0202 ext. 21058. —Bradley Zint Twitter: @bradleyzint
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mona Kobersy | April 11, 2013
A bedtime story is the foundation of many children's nighttime routines. Picture books can be a wonderful resource for creating that special bonding time with a child. The imagination is piqued by visiting the Newport Beach Public Library and checking out its vast array of great picture book favorites. The children's shelves are bursting with the latest picture books as well as the classics. Here are just a few of the thousands of perfect story-time books to be found at your Newport Beach Public Library: "Miss Nelson is Missing!"
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mary Ellen Goddard | April 4, 2013
I want to remind you that Literary Orange is happening Saturday at the Irvine Marriott in Irvine. Walk-in registration is $70, and that includes breakfast and lunch. You will hear authors J.A. Jance and Tatjana Soli give their keynote talks and be able to choose from six morning and five afternoon sessions featuring panels of authors on various genres. You will have the opportunity to see writers' latest books and get them autographed if you wish. Call Jane Deeley at (714) 893-5057 or e-mail jane.deeley@occr.ocgov.com for more information.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | April 2, 2013
Dear sir or madam, will you read my book? It took me years to write. Will you take a look? So begins the Beatles' "Paperback Writer," a song whose lyrics take the form of a query letter by a fledgling author to a publisher. The subsequent verses nail many of the anxieties ("I can make it longer if you like the style ... I can change it 'round ... ") of taking that first step toward publication. For a few lucky authors, that step leads to the finish line. And then, after the first rush of euphoria, another pertinent question arises: "Dear sir or madam, will you buy my book?"
SPORTS
By Steve Virgen | March 27, 2013
Justin Muchnick likes to challenge himself to get good grades. At age 14 and away at Phillips Academy Andover school in Massachusetts he needs to live up to the challenge. Muchnick, a straight-A student, is a scholar-athlete. He went through the Corona del Mar Sharks Wrestling Club and is now a freshman varsity wrestler for PAA in the 132-pound weight class. Away from the mat, he has also wrestled with time management and test preparation. When he saw his mother, Cynthia, writing a book about studying skills it made sense for him to offer his own tips, and make some edits.
NEWS
March 19, 2013
Whittier Elementary School in Costa Mesa got a call about a month before Christmas with a surprise offer. The Fashion Island Barnes & Noble asked to include the school in the company's holiday drive where patrons can buy an extra book and donate it between Dec. 1 and Jan. 1. Principal Tracy Carter said yes and then promptly forgot about the unexpected offer, she said. A couple of weeks into January, she got another call. Whittier was about to get about 1,000 books from that drive plus $5,500 from City National Bank's literacy program.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rebecca Lightfoot | March 14, 2013
With the recent discovery of Richard III's long-lost burial ground in Leicester, England, interest in the king and the mystery surrounding the fate of his nephews has never been higher. When young Edward V and Richard, Duke of York, disappeared after being taken to the Tower, many believed Richard had them done away with so he could take the crown for himself. Brush up on the details of Richard III's controversial life with some of these titles: Josephine Tey's "The Daughter of Time" is the classic detective story that started the modern obsession with Richard III. After an injury, Scotland Yard detective Alan Grant is bored and bedridden.
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