Fall 2021 Arts Sneak Peek: Top Book Picks This Season


As the holidays approach, book publishers know that the fall season is the prime time to release new books. With that, there are a lot of big names, and a few local names, who will be sharing their stories this season.

Subject to change due to COVID-19. Please check the websites for updates.

Nancy Goldstone

The Del Mar-based writer will discuss her latest release, “In the Shadow of the Empress: The Defiant Lives of Maria Theresa, Mother of Marie Antoinette, and Her Daughters, a nonfiction family saga of the 18th century sovereign of Austria and her famous girls. 5.30 p.m. September 21. Warwick’s Virtual Event, 7812 Girard Ave., La Jolla. To free. (858) 454-0347. warwicks.com

Kristin hannah

Top-selling author will participate in a live book club style Q&A as part of Macmillan Publishing’s Book + Author series. Hannah will discuss her latest novel, “The Four Winds”, about a Californian family struggling with the Great Depression. 7 p.m. on September 23. Virtual Adventures through the Book event. To free. (619) 300-2532. adventuresparthebook.com

Richard Powers

Powers became a household name after “The Overstory” won the Pulitzer Prize in 2019. Its latest, “Bewilderment”, has already been shortlisted for the Booker Prize and is about an astrobiologist doing his best to raise a son of 9 years old on his own. 6 p.m. Sep 23. DIESEL Virtual Event, A Bookstore, 12843 El Camino Real, Suite No. 104, Del Mar. Free. (858) 925-7078.

Ben johnson

The local writer and filmmaker is hosting this release event for “Children of the Web,” the third and final installment in his “Webworld” trilogy, set in dystopian San Diego. 4 p.m. on September 25. Verbatim Books, 3793 30th St., North Park. To free. (619) 501-7466. verbatim-books.com

Christina furnival

There are some great lessons for children in Furnival’s new book, “The Not-So-Friendly Friend,” which attempts to teach young people the importance of setting limits in friendships, even at an early age. . 2 p.m. on September 26. Warwick’s, 7812 Girard Ave., La Jolla. To free. (858) 454-0347. warwicks.com

Anthony doerr

It’s been over seven years since Doerr’s last Pulitzer-winning novel, “All the Light We Can’t See,”. He’ll be in town to discuss his highly anticipated sequel, “Cloud Cuckoo Land,” which spans centuries and even planets to tell a tale of interconnection. 7:00 p.m. October 1 Shiley Theater at University of San Diego, 5998 Alcala Park, Linda Vista. $ 30 (includes a copy of the book). (858) 454-0347. warwicks.com

Jaymee wins

The local lifestyle blogger and podcaster will discuss her motivational memoir, “That Sh-t Called Cancer,” about her five-year journey against metastatic breast cancer. 6.30 p.m. October 11. Virtual event organized by Friends of the Point Loma / Hervey Library, 3701 rue Voltaire, Point Loma. To free. (619) 531-1539. sandiego.librarymarket.com

Jonathan franzen

Fans of Franzen’s bestselling novels (“The Corrections”, “Freedom”) are already in turmoil about his latest “Crossroads”, about a family facing hard truths in 1970s Chicago. He will discuss it with novelist Mona Simpson, followed by a question-and-answer session. 6 p.m. October 18. Warwick’s Virtual Event, 7812 Girard Ave., La Jolla. $ 30 (includes an autographed copy of the book). (858) 454-0347. warwicks.com

Jocelyn Nicole Johnson

The author of “Control Negro” will talk about his latest collection of short stories, “My Monticello”. The main story centers on a young woman (descendant of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings), driven from her neighborhood by a white militia. 4 p.m. October 20 Warwick’s Virtual Event, 7812 Girard Ave., La Jolla. To free. (858) 454-0347. warwicks.com

Henri herz

Lovers of illustrated books will certainly want to attend this event where the local writer will discuss his latest, “I Am Smoke”, about the important ways smoke has benefited crops and with watercolor illustrations by Mercè López.2 p.m. November 13 Mysterious Galaxy, 3555 Rosecrans St., No. 107, Point Loma. To free. (619) 539-7137. mystgalaxy.com

Combs is a freelance writer.


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