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Category Archives: Books

Women’s Literary Festival

by lesliedinaberg on October 27, 2017

The first Women’s Literary Festival was initiated 12 years ago as a Santa Barbara event by Gail Marshall and her daughter Jennifer Adams, and this weekend marks the 12th Annual Women’s Literary Festival,  taking place on Saturday, October 28 from 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. at Fess Parker A Doubletree by Hilton Resort (633 E. Cabrillo Blvd.). The idea to showcase […]

Local Dish: Pacale Beale Launches Les Légumes

by lesliedinaberg on October 16, 2017

Popular local chef and cookbook author Pascale Beale has a new book out, the third in the Market Table series (after Salade and Les Fruits) and this one is all about vegetables, titled Les Légumes: Vegetable Recipes from The Market Table. Filled, as we’ve come to except from Chef Beale, with gorgeous photography and easy to follow […]

Local Dish: Santa Barbara Author Pens “A Visitor’s Guide to Mexico City Street Food”

by lesliedinaberg on July 13, 2017

Richard Lambert, the local chef behind the beloved (and now gone) Santa Barbara Tamales To Go, has turned his culinary talents toward Mexico City’s colorful street food scene with a new book, A Visitor’s Guide to Mexico City Street Food, that turns the spotlight on the world’s number one travel destination (New York Times). Lambert lived […]

Library Book: Writers on Libraries

by lesliedinaberg on June 22, 2017

The venerable Downtown Santa Barbara Central Library (40 E. Anapamu St.)  is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year and writers are celebrating this centennial milestone as well, with a heartwarming anthology of stories, essays, and poems written by over 80 authors about their library experiences and the glories of the public library. Edited by local writer Steven […]

The Books of 2016

by lesliedinaberg on January 7, 2017

So many books, so little time—part ten. My son started keeping a reading list in third grade, so I did too. This is the tenth year we’ve done this. My favorite books of 2016 were probably You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott, a mystery-thriller set in the world of women’s gymnastics; Eight Hundred Grapes by […]

Welcome to Jennabunkport

by lesliedinaberg on September 21, 2016

Writer Jenna McCarthy’s she shack is 140 square feet of home office heaven. By Leslie Dinaberg Living—and working—in a 100-year-old farmhouse certainly has its charms, but as her children grew bigger and houseguests came and went, writer Jenna McCarthy (Everything’s Relative, The Parent Trip, Lola Knows a Lot) longed for, as Virginia Woolf once wrote,”a room […]

Local Lowdown: Page Turners

by lesliedinaberg on June 23, 2016

By Leslie Dinaberg Summer is the perfect time to pull up a lounge chair, a hammock, or a perfect spot in the sand and dig into one of these great reads by local authors. From contemporary novels and memoirs, to playfully illustrated children’s books, to juicy airplane reads, and delicious cookbooks, to lurid crime and […]

The Joy of Food: Leela Cyd’s Latest Artful Adventure

by lesliedinaberg on April 4, 2016

By Leslie Dinaberg Food, fun and friends are, without a doubt, the best ingredients for any kind of gathering, and Leela Cyd’s new book—Food With Friends: The Art of Simple Gatherings—is packed with culinary inspiration, gorgeous photography and mouthwatering recipes. A former personal chef, Cyd is now an accomplished writer-photographer (and contributor to Seasons) and […]

CALM Celebrates 30 Years of Celebrity Authors and Unforgettable Stories

by lesliedinaberg on March 23, 2016

Always one of our favorite literary and philanthropic events, the CALM Auxiliary‘s  30th Annual Celebrity Authors Luncheon on April 2 is a benefit for CALM’s (Child Abuse Listening Mediation) vital programs across the county that help prevent child abuse and treat children and families who have suffered from violence and abuse. This year’s event features interviews and book signings by a variety […]

Editor’s Pick: UCSB Arts & Lectures Events

by lesliedinaberg on March 4, 2016

              UCSB Arts & Lectures has a fabulous lineup of speakers this year, including one of comedy’s most original and beloved personalities, Conan O’Brien (Apr. 16); Serial’s visionaries Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder, who speak about creating what has quickly become the most popular podcast in the world (Mar. […]