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.
Celebrated author Greg Iles, a native of Germany and now Mississippi resident, does not widely tour the West Coast.
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.
It may be about time for spring break, but at the Half Moon Bay Library things are getting busy.
Writers are encouraged to enter work in literary categories at the San Mateo County Fair.
“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.”
Literacy meets technology and it’s a good match at the Half Moon Bay Library.
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.
El Granada resident Richard Rhodes has to date published or edited 24 books — novels, memoir, narrative history and journalism.
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.”
One word was all it took.
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.
Ink Spell books is standing by to help you fulfill those New Year’s resolutions to broaden your horizons by reading.
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.
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.
Harbor Books, located in the Harbor Village shopping complex in Princeton, will close at the end of this year, said owner Carole Brehm.
Author Laurie Ostby Kehler of Half Moon Bay admits to frustration when it came to holiday traditions for her own children.
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.
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?
For a long time, said Harbor Books & Gallery owner Carole Brehm, travel writing was dominated by men.
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.
Thanksgiving is a day away and you're still stymied as to what to serve on your holiday table? Visit Coastside bookstores for help.
“Every book you can think of will be there,” says Julie Mell happily.
The Half Moon Bay Library is the site for a lively program of parenting classes that is now taking applications for participants.
It may have been pure serendipity that romance novelist Annie Seaton discovered Half Moon Bay.
Young children to teens are welcome to drop in to the Half Moon Bay Library for its youth activities.
“I love to tell stories.”
Kapua leads a charmed life as “The friendliest dog from Montara,” according to the title of the children’s book about him.
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.
“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.”
What are high school students on the South Coast reading for homework these days?
Ever since she was a girl, Michaele Benedict was fascinated by newsprint.
School may have been out for summer, but at the Half Moon Bay Library, books took no break.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
On Friday afternoon, Bay Book Company in Strawflower Village hummed with fans gathered around Jacqueline Winspear.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.