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Thursday 04/23/2015
Safari: tales become books
Posted: April 23, 2015 - 1:22 pm

It all started in La Honda in the 1970s, with Jeff the chimpanzee, bears, bobcats, a mountain lion or two, a wolf, Wally the wallaby and more.

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Bay Book hosts bestselling author
Posted: April 23, 2015 - 1:21 pm

Celebrated author Greg Iles, a native of Germany and now Mississippi resident, does not widely tour the West Coast.

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Thursday 04/09/2015
Semones publishes fourth in series
Posted: April 09, 2015 - 1:38 pm

Human stories — not the fury of the storm or mountain-sized waves — fueled the first three of Half Moon Bay author JoAnn Semones’ books about shipwrecks along the Central California coastline.

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Springtime is busy at HMB library
Posted: April 09, 2015 - 1:43 pm

It may be about time for spring break, but at the Half Moon Bay Library things are getting busy.

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Wednesday 03/25/2015
Writers: It’s county fair time
Updated: March 25, 2015 - 2:32 pm

Writers are encouraged to enter work in literary categories at the San Mateo County Fair.

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Senior Coastsiders, library team up
Posted: March 25, 2015 - 2:32 pm

“Reading is important at all ages of life,” says Half Moon Bay Library Assistant Jessica Ormonde. “And being able to share (books) with others is amazing.”

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Thursday 02/26/2015
Curl up with a good Nook
Posted: February 26, 2015 - 10:35 am

Literacy meets technology and it’s a good match at the Half Moon Bay Library.

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What are good reads today?
Posted: February 26, 2015 - 10:34 am

Looking for something to read as winter starts to spin itself into spring? Here are some recommendations for readers of all ages from local bookstore owners and managers, and from the Half Moon Bay Library.

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Thursday 02/12/2015
Rhodes writes of ‘Hell and Good Company’
Posted: February 12, 2015 - 11:44 am

El Granada resident Richard Rhodes has to date published or edited 24 books — novels, memoir, narrative history and journalism.

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Novel progresses to Half Moon Bay
Posted: February 12, 2015 - 11:46 am

The fact that Half Moon Bay is listed on registers of towns with particular charm inspired author Alan Vandervoort to set the conclusion of his novel “Sandhills.”

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Thursday 01/15/2015
‘Sudden fiction’ makes for sudden success
Updated: January 15, 2015 - 11:25 am

One word was all it took.

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County Poet Laureate releases new book
Updated: January 15, 2015 - 11:25 am

As she launches the second year in her two-year term as San Mateo County’s first Poet Laureate, Caroline Goodwin of Montara is also celebrating the imminent publishing of “Peregrine,” her next book of poetry.

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Wednesday 12/31/2014
Ink Spell holds book swap
Posted: December 31, 2014 - 11:20 am

Ink Spell books is standing by to help you fulfill those New Year’s resolutions to broaden your horizons by reading.

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A chronicle of kindness
Posted: December 31, 2014 - 11:18 am

When technical writer Bill Grout of Half Moon Bay grew disillusioned with writing, he devoted his time instead to acts of kindness for people he encountered in daily life. He kept a journal of those random acts.

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Friday 12/26/2014
Little libraries spring up on Coastside
Updated: December 26, 2014 - 11:29 am

It all started when Danika Gonzalez Johnston, 7, of Pescadero, and her sister Catalina, 9, were talking with their grandfather Bill Johnston, of Montara, about a new phenomenon they had recently heard of called “Little Free Library.” Danika suggested that their family should give it a try.

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Harbor Books reaches last chapter
Posted: December 26, 2014 - 11:28 am

Harbor Books, located in the Harbor Village shopping complex in Princeton, will close at the end of this year, said owner Carole Brehm.

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Thursday 12/11/2014
Local author highlights Advent
Updated: December 11, 2014 - 5:15 pm

Author Laurie Ostby Kehler of Half Moon Bay admits to frustration when it came to holiday traditions for her own children.

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Author serves up more ‘Chicken Soup’
Posted: December 11, 2014 - 5:15 pm

In the more than two decades the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books have percolated among readers, Half Moon Bay resident Lynn Sunday has been a six-time contributor with her lively and thoughtful essays. Now she has done it again in the new Chicken Soup offering, “Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Forgiveness,” due out Tuesday.

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Thursday 12/04/2014
Learn to publish at Harbor Books
Posted: December 04, 2014 - 3:37 pm

Are you interested in getting your novel or memoir or play or collection of short stories out to the public? Would you like to be able to describe yourself as a published writer?

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Friday 11/28/2014
Women travel writers celebrated
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 10:29 am

For a long time, said Harbor Books & Gallery owner Carole Brehm, travel writing was dominated by men.

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Food for Fines is food for the hungry
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 10:30 am

As the holidays approach, the Half Moon Bay Library is gearing up to launch San Mateo County Library's Food for Fines 2014, geared to helping the less fortunate. The program is already underway, having begun on Nov. 17 and due to run through Dec. 31.

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Whip up something for Thanksgiving
Updated: November 28, 2014 - 10:29 am

Thanksgiving is a day away and you're still stymied as to what to serve on your holiday table? Visit Coastside bookstores for help.

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Thursday 11/13/2014
Books and more books offered by Friends
Posted: November 13, 2014 - 11:35 am

“Every book you can think of will be there,” says Julie Mell happily.

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Foundation boosts family literacy
Posted: November 13, 2014 - 11:36 am

The Half Moon Bay Library is the site for a lively program of parenting classes that is now taking applications for participants.

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Thursday 10/23/2014
Writer from Down Under recognizes the Coastside
Posted: October 23, 2014 - 3:42 pm

It may have been pure serendipity that romance novelist Annie Seaton discovered Half Moon Bay.

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Lots to do for youth at local library
Posted: October 23, 2014 - 3:41 pm

Young children to teens are welcome to drop in to the Half Moon Bay Library for its youth activities.

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Thursday 10/09/2014
Alvarez: a media Renaissance man
Updated: October 09, 2014 - 11:58 am

“I love to tell stories.”

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A voice for pit bull terriers
Posted: October 09, 2014 - 11:53 am

Kapua leads a charmed life as “The friendliest dog from Montara,” according to the title of the children’s book about him.

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Thursday 10/02/2014
A busy day at local library
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 4:03 pm

Saturday is going to be a very busy day at the Half Moon Bay Library, and if you want to sample some salsa, adopt a lovable cat or small dog, get your flu shot or cheer your children as they romp on tricycles, that’s the day.

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Wednesday 09/24/2014
Lush ‘Piers’ comes to Half Moon Bay
Posted: September 24, 2014 - 5:28 pm

“A pier is a folly, a highway to nowhere. Whether lined with fishermen or filled with the cries and clattering of a roller coaster, whether thick with the aromas of hot dogs and fries or freshly gutted fish, they are there for nothing but the pleasure of humanity.”

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What are they reading in Pescadero?
Posted: September 24, 2014 - 5:36 pm

What are high school students on the South Coast reading for homework these days?

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Wednesday 09/10/2014
From society page to mystery thriller
Posted: September 10, 2014 - 3:35 pm

Ever since she was a girl, Michaele Benedict was fascinated by newsprint.

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Reading is part of summer
Posted: September 10, 2014 - 3:34 pm

School may have been out for summer, but at the Half Moon Bay Library, books took no break.

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Wednesday 08/27/2014
Sunday memorializes dogs in ‘Chicken Soup’ book
Posted: August 27, 2014 - 3:21 pm

Coastsider Lynn Sunday was 7 when she rescued her first dog, a Jack Russell terrier mix that had followed her home. At first her mother wouldn’t let the strange dog into the house, but Sunday refused to enter the house without him. “I wasn’t coming in until my dog came in with me,” she said.

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Remembering trips with Dad
Posted: August 27, 2014 - 3:20 pm

Dave Minton grew up on dairy farms on the West Coast and has lived on the Coastside for more than 30 years and now calls El Granada home. He began writing poetry upon retirement from work as an engineer, when he said he discovered new perspectives on the richness of everyday life. His volume of poetry, “Exhausted Grace,” was published in 2011.

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Thursday 08/21/2014
Herbert returns to Bay Book Company
Posted: August 21, 2014 - 5:38 pm

Brian Herbert is a multiple New York Times best-selling author, plus a Hugo and Nebula Award nominee, son of the late Frank Herbert of “Dune” fame, and described by Bay Book Company owner Kevin Magee as a “longtime acquaintance and friend.”

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Thursday 08/14/2014
CoastWriters to meet again in August
Posted: August 14, 2014 - 11:41 am

El Granada resident Aryae Coopersmith proudly points to the books he’s published of his own work, and also to CoastWriters, the group he says helped him do it and which next meets Aug. 28.

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Life Story Writers share narratives
Posted: August 14, 2014 - 11:35 am

The roughly 16 members of the Coastside Life Story Writers meet every Monday at Lesley Gardens in Half Moon Bay to share their writings about their lives and times. The group was launched in 2009 by Jackie and the late Ed Hibler. For information, contact Marijane Datson, at 726-1411.

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Thursday 08/07/2014
Marin mystery writer drops by Coastside
Updated: August 07, 2014 - 3:56 pm

On Friday afternoon, Bay Book Company in Strawflower Village hummed with fans gathered around Jacqueline Winspear.

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Thursday 07/24/2014
Crossing the state leads to renewal
Posted: July 24, 2014 - 12:00 pm

It took a year to plan, a year to travel and two years to write, but Moss Beach resident Ingrid Hart found rejuvenation at the end of creating her award-winning travel book “My Year in California.”

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Life Story Writers to hold readings
Updated: July 24, 2014 - 12:00 pm

The Coastside Life Story Writers’ third annual reading is set from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, at the Half Moon Bay Library at 620 Correas St. in Half Moon Bay. It will present colorful, sometimes poignant and sometimes humorous windows back in time in the words of Coastside writers.

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Thursday 07/10/2014
Signing of photography, dessert book set
Posted: July 10, 2014 - 4:40 pm

Both scenic beauties and culinary delights of the Coastside are packed into “Coffee & Dessert on the Coastside,” the new book by Coastside resident Ping Chow, which was officially released on Thursday.

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Original literature thrives in La Honda
Updated: July 11, 2014 - 11:55 am

La Honda is a town that knew Ken Kesey, where his legacy of originality and creativity has lived on in literary voices, at least for the past three decades.

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Wednesday 07/02/2014
Marlow nabs literary kudos at county fair
Posted: July 02, 2014 - 3:30 pm

Half Moon Bay artist, photographer graphic designer — and Review advertising representative — Randie Marlow is a woman with a flair for the literary as well as the visual. As such, she has made her mark once again at the San Mateo County Fair.

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Best bets for summer reading
Posted: July 02, 2014 - 3:29 pm

Young people are not the only ones who enjoy digging into a good book now that school is out for the summer. Local bookstores and the Half Moon Bay Library also have plenty of tips for good summer reads for grown-ups. All of the books are available at the following sources.

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Wednesday 06/11/2014
Storytelling without words
Posted: June 11, 2014 - 4:43 pm

It was in the middle of a demanding time that Johanna Tesauro of Half Moon Bay took a bookmaking class, with a theme of springtime, at Half Moon Bay's Senior Center.

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Good summer reads for youth
Posted: June 11, 2014 - 4:42 pm

School is out and that big vacation still may be days away, so what are the kids going to do? Bookstore owners, managers and employees have tips for summertime reads.

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Thursday 05/29/2014
A pesky cat becomes a literary hero
Posted: May 29, 2014 - 1:53 pm

You know the kind of cat that is fussy, meows all night and purposefully gets into your space? That’s the story in “Willy, the Pesky Cat,” a charming little paperback written by Half Moon Bay resident Amber Williams Birchall.

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Coastsider recalls an era at county fair event
Posted: May 29, 2014 - 1:51 pm

A literary corner is set aside in next month’s annual San Mateo County Fair, which will feature a panel that will include a Coastsider.

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Thursday 05/15/2014
Plans for new library continue to develop
Posted: May 15, 2014 - 10:38 am

Several weeks after Half Moon Bay Library staff held the first of several meetings to poll community members about a new library, ideas are rapidly emerging, and more meetings to refine them will take place soon.

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