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The grainy black-and- white cover photo of Ernie Koepf’s 2020 novel “Opening Day” accurately underscores his family background and connection to the sea. The photo, taken by Koepf’s brother, shows Koepf as a young boy with his father, also named Ernie, the day they caught 850 pounds of salmo…

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Coastsider Scott Clemens’ new novel is out, and residents of the Midcoast will recognize the backdrop. “The Seal Cove Theoretical Society” is set in and around Moss Beach and there are nods to such local landmarks as Farallone View Elementary School and Pillar Point Harbor.

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The Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA is partnering with San Mateo County Libraries to offer its “Paws for Tales” program free for all virtual participants. “Paws for Tales,” which is typically done in person, pairs young readers with therapy dogs so they can gain confidence in reading out loud.

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Former presidential candidate and U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell of California pays a virtual visit to the Coastside on Monday as Brews and Views goes remote.

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“A Window Into a Changed World” is more than a 108-page catalog of Susan Friedman’s portraits of Coastside families. It’s a reflection of the times.

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Independent Bookstore Day, which took place on April 25, was supposed to be one of those big events at Ink Spell Books that exemplifies why the store is so popular among Coastsiders. Like a disappointing novel, this year it was a little less climactic than originally anticipated.

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So, on top of rushing through the morning routine, getting kids to daycare, making it through the workday, cooking, cleaning and getting the young ones to bed, parents are supposed to find time to read 1,000 books to their little ones before they even get to school.

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Jennifer Longo’s third novel hits close to home. “What I Carry,” published last month by Random House, is a young adult story that reflects on her own life and that of her daughter.

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Growing up, Shell Cleave’s mother instilled in her a desire to keep her environment clean. The simple task of picking up litter, even though it wasn’t hers, resonated with her. That commitment is embodied by Cleave’s Coastside-based nonprofit, Sea Hugger. 

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Rather than take his readers down a fictional alley like Gotham City or to a foreign metropolis like Sherlock Holmes’ London, local writer Matthew O’Malley prefers to set his modern noir series, “Coastside Detectives,” in his hometown of Pacifica. 

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Interested in an evening of wine, appetizers and readings from professional writers? Look no further than “Beach Reads,” part of the famous San Francisco-based literary festival called Litquake, which runs Oct. 10 through 19. 

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Poetic souls in sixth through 12th grades can help celebrate the Coastside’s first LGBTQ History Month by submitting LGBTQ-themed poetry to Coastside Pride’s poetry contest.

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Coastside scholar Brigid O’Farrell will discuss the role the New Deal’s Work Projects Administration had right here at home during a discussion next week at the Odd Fellows Hall in Half Moon Bay.

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For many, few activities are more enjoyable than nestling up with a good book. But even the most devoted bookworms sometimes have trouble finding time to read.

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Half Moon Bay resident Norm Coleman performed his first solo one-man show depicting Ty Cobb  at Cameron’s Pub when he was 67 years old. That was 16 years ago.

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The beginning of fall evokes feelings of nostalgia for most people. We all have memories of back-to-school shopping or first-day jitters as a child, or the return to a “regular” schedule for parents of kids who have run like strays for the summer.

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Coastside Lutheran Church collected 15 tons of books for its annual book sale last year, and it seems the church is on pace to accumulate a similar quantity for this year’s Labor Day sale.

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The timing is perfect for the arrival of the Scholastic school book fair. Last week Hatch Elementary School held its fair. This week, El Granada Elementary School students are holding theirs. The book fair is an opportunity to refresh your child’s reading library or to pick up a couple of ho…

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This school year there will be a fresh face in front of a Half Moon Bay High School white board as Molly Schauer takes her place on the teaching staff for the first time.

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A place often visited, but rarely seen. An oft-repeated family story — is it true, or family folklore? Someone who has been an ambassador in your life. 

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Local author Heidi Kling has penned “Where the Sea Takes Me,” a sequel to her young adult novel “Where I Found You.” Although “Where the Sea Takes Me” stands alone, those who enjoyed reading the earlier novel will feel as though they are visiting old friends as Sienna’s and Deni’s paths cros…

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A local writer under the alias Saffron Woods has written novels that center around pressing environmental and social themes while telling stories meant to educate and entertain.

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The end of April marks the fourth Independent Bookstore Day. Ink Spell Books has decided to celebrate big, with local schools being the recipient of a generous gift.

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Half Moon Bay is the backdrop for a cozy, culinary, murder mystery. The second book in the Pie Town Mystery series, “Bleeding Tarts,” is a fun frolic through a fictional town that is based on Half Moon Bay.

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Had the wind blown a slightly different direction, El Granada resident Wendy Nelson Tokunaga might very well have been a rock star. She could be yet. 

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When Khalid Birdsong moved to Osaka, Japan, he felt like a fish out of water. While he acclimated to his new scene, he took a creative approach to coping. He started drawing. 

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Local author Heidi Kling’s latest series was inspired by her husband’s work as a trauma psychiatrist after the 2004 tsunami that devastated the coast of Japan.

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The Northern California Book Awards are presented yearly to authors who create meaningful work from the northern half of the Golden State.

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Former managing editor of the San Mateo Times Michelle Carter will be on hand in Half Moon Bay to discuss her bestselling memoir “From Under the Russian Snow.”

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You don’t have to let your imagination run amok to consider a world in which Russian oligarchs misuse their power and for-profit prisons are cauldrons of misbehavior. Peninsula author Paul McHugh sees such criminal enterprise in his morning newspapers and has put them to good use in his new …

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There was no electricity, but on Tekakwitha M. Pernambuco-Wise’s grandparents’ ranch in British Guiana, dark nights burned bright with candles and fireside chats. This was how her elders imparted life lessons. The Sea Crest head of school comes from the Wapishana tribe among whom stories and…

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As life seems to spiral, sometimes on the brink of losing control, local favorite Kerry McClure and her co-author Mira Dessy have written a book in hopes of helping everyone infuse a bit of calm into their everyday chaos.

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The Pescadero Community Church poet has tried to step down from her post more than once. She first attempted to do so when she applied for the San Mateo County Poet Laureate honor but didn’t get an interview.