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Smart Summer Reads

Event date: 
Saturday, July 25, 2015 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

This is your favorite event of the summer! Smart Summer Reads ... or speed dating with the authors ... is fast, fun, and guaranteed to supply you with some great reading this summer.

Here's how it works:

  • Six authors will join us on July 25 at 3:00pm. We will mix and chat from 3:00pm to 3:15pm and then the fun begins!
  • There will be six stations set up around and in the main conference room at the Redondo Beach Main Library. One for each author.
  • You will move from station to station in 10 minute intervals giving each author approximately 7 minutes to tell you about their latest book and answer questions.
  • There will be refreshments and great people to meet
  • Cost to you:Nothing! This event is free and open to the public


These are our fabulous authors:

Greta Boris combines her years of experience in the health field and her expertise as a writer for a very fun read. The Wine and Chocolate Workout is chock-full of great advice, interesting tidbits and, of course, wine and chocolate. Greta is a freelance writer living in Orange County.

Kelli Estes is passionate about stories that help us see how the past shaped who we are today, and how we all have more in common than not. Her fiction debut, The Girl Who Wrote in Silk, explores both of these themes. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family.

Hilary Liftin has ghostwritten and co-written numerous New York Times bestselling memoirs, and is the coauthor of Candy & Me and Dear Exile. In this celebrity-filled chronicle of “actress Lizzie Pepper,” Liftin explores Pepper’s failed marriage and the underside of fame. She lives in Los Angeles.

Janis Cooke Newman is the author of The Russian Word for Snow: A True Story of Adoption and is a frequent contributor to "" and other magazines. Her latest novel, A Master Plan for Rescue, is a magical novel about the surprising acts we are capable of in the name of love.  She lives in northern California with her husband and their son.

J. Ryan Stradal lives in Los Angeles where he has worked as a TV producer, notably for the History Channel’s Ice Road Truckers and the Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch. His debut novel will be published on Tuesday, July 27, but you can read one of the most anticipated novels of the summer, Kitchens of the Great Midwest, early, and meet Ryan at the same time … at Smart Summer Reads.

Dr. Jessica Vogelsang is a veterinarian, mother, and big-time dog person. She worked in emergency and small animal medicine before settling into her current practice in San Diego providing in-home hospice care for dogs and cats. All Dogs Go to Kevin is her debut and a humorous and touching memoir that will appeal to anyone who has ever loved an animal or lost hours in James Herriot's classic veterinary stories.


Don’t miss any of these outstanding authors! It is tons of fun and you will have an opportunity to visit with authors you want to know more about and get your books signed. The program will wrap up at 4:30pm so you can go home and read a good book!

This not-for-women-only event promises something for everyone! Make a reservation (this event is free and open to the public!) through Brown Paper Ticket or by calling the Redondo Beach Events office at 310.542.6000.

Kitchens of the Great Midwest Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525429142
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Published: Pamela Dorman Books - July 28th, 2015

When Lars Thorvald's wife, Cynthia, falls in love with wine and a dashing sommelier he s left to raise their baby, Eva, on his own. He s determined to pass on his love of food to his daughter starting with pureed pork shoulder. As Eva grows, she finds her solace and salvation in the flavors of her native Minnesota. From Scandinavian lutefisk to hydroponic chocolate habaneros, each ingredient represents one part of Eva s journey as she becomes the star chef behind a legendary and secretive pop-up supper club, culminating in an opulent and emotional feast that s a testament to her spirit and resilience. 

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ISBN: 9781594633614
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Published: Riverhead Books - July 14th, 2015

The story of a child who worships his parents, then loses his father to an accident and his mother to her resulting grief. And it is the story of a young man who stumbles into the romance of his life, then watches her decline, forever changing the arc of his future. Each is propelled by the belief that if he acts heroically enough, it will restore some part of what -- or whom -- he has lost. 
But when they meet, this boy and this man, their combined grief and magical thinking will allow them to dream the impossible. Sharing stories of the people they have lost, they are inspired to join forces and act in their memory. To do something so memorable that it might actually bring their loved ones back even if only in spirit. 

Movie Star by Lizzie Pepper Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780670016419
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Published: Viking - July 21st, 2015

Actress Lizzie Pepper was America s Girl Next Door and her marriage to Hollywood mega-star Rob Mars was tabloid gold a whirlwind romance and an elaborate celebrity-studded wedding landed them on the cover of every celebrity weekly. But fame, beauty, and wealth weren t enough to keep their marriage together. Hollywood s It couple are over and now Lizzie is going to tell her side of the story. 
Celebrity ghostwriter Hilary Liftin chronicles the tabloids favorite marriage as Lizzie Pepper realizes that, when the curtain falls, her romance isn t what she and everyone else thought. From her lonely holidays in sumptuous villas to her husband s deep commitment to a disconcertingly repressive mind-body group, Lizzie reveals a side of fame that her fans never get to see in a story that will have every reader guessing the real-life inspirations for its players.

All Dogs Go to Kevin: Everything Three Dogs Taught Me (That I Didn't Learn in Veterinary School) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781455554935
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - July 14th, 2015

You can't always count on people, but you can always count on your dog. No one knows that better than veterinarian Jessica Vogelsang, who with the help of three dogs, is buoyed through adolescence, veterinary school, and the early years of motherhood. Taffy, the fearsome Lhasa; Emmett, an amiable Golden; and Kekoa, the neurotic senior Labrador, are always by her side, offering lessons in empathy and understanding for all the oddballs and misfits who come through the vet clinic doors. Also beside her is Kevin, a human friend who lives with the joie de vivre most people only dream of having. But when tragedy strikes, Jessica is reminded that the animals we love give more than they take.

The Wine and Chocolate Workout: Sip, Savor, and Strengthen for a Healthier Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780692323731
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Published: Fitness Inside Out - October 15th, 2012

Do you wish you could afford a personal trainer? Statistically, you are more likely to reach your fitness goals if you hire one. Trainers know their clients aren't going to give up their favorite treats, like wine and chocolate, so how do they have such great success? Learn their secrets with this simple, step by step approach to a healthier, lighter life. Praise for The Wine and Chocolate Workout Many studies have shown the benefits of dark chocolate and wine, but never has this information been so accurately and entertainingly packaged into a single fun and understandable book that will enable the reader to benefit. - Douglas S. Harrington, M.D. and Estrella Harrington, founders of Guard a Heart Greta Boris takes her years of experience in the health field and her expertise as a writer and brings them together in this fun read. The Wine and Chocolate Workout is chock full of great advice, interesting tidbits and, of course, wine and chocolate. I highly recommend it to anyone who wishes to change their perspective. - Elise Cohen Ho, PhDc, HHP, NC As an OBGYN, one of the most common questions I hear from women is, "How can I lose this weight?" I have recommended Greta Boris's The Wine and Chocolate Workout to my patients who recognize they need to make a lifestyle change and aren't just looking for a quick fix. The book offers a common-sense approach that is both healthy and realistic. - Marsha Granese, M.D.

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ISBN: 9781492608332
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Published: Sourcebooks - July 7th, 2015

The smallest items can hold centuries of secrets...

Inara Erickson is exploring her deceased aunt's island estate when she finds an elaborately stitched piece of fabric hidden in the house. As she peels back layer upon layer of the secrets it holds, Inara's life becomes interwoven with that of Mei Lein, a young Chinese girl mysteriously driven from her home a century before. Through the stories Mei Lein tells in silk, Inara uncovers a tragic truth that will shake her family to its core -- and force her to make an impossible choice.

Inspired by true events, Kelli Estes's brilliant and atmospheric debut serves as a poignant tale of two women determined to do the right thing, and the power of our own stories.