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San Diego Writer Jim Ruland Discusses New Novel, 'Forest of Fortune'

Oct. 21
Midday Edition
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"Forest of Fortune" by Jim Ruland follows the lives of three people who are haunted by their past and desperate to turn their luck around at an Indian-owned casino in a remote region of Southern California.

Zombies Versus Real Science: Which Is Scarier?

Oct. 17
By Beth Accomando, Nicholas McVicker
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Zombies are reanimated corpses that crave human flesh. But is that scarier than the real disorders that can affect the human brain?

San Diego Author's 'Full Measure' Explores Devastation Of War, Wildfire

Oct. 16
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We speak to Fallbrook resident and award-winning mystery writer T. Jefferson Parker about his first literary novel called, "Full Measure," which is set in San Diego County.

What Do You Think Of The New Trailer For 'American Sniper'? (Video)

Oct. 8
By Beth Ford Roth
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Warner Bros. Pictures just released the first glimpse of the movie "American Sniper," based on the late Chris Kyle's bestselling memoir. Bradley Cooper stars, Clint Eastwood directs, and based on the trailer, the movie is sure to raise a lot of controversy.

UCSD Professor Uses Zombies To Teach About Neuroscience

Oct. 8
By Beth Accomando, Maureen Cavanaugh, Nicholas McVicker
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There's no escaping zombies. They've infected every corner of pop culture and more recently have been shambling into academia. Professor Bradley Voytek combines the living dead and neuroscience in his new book.

San Diego Public Library Highlights Banned Books By Reading Censored Books Aloud

Sept. 25
Midday Edition
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With the Internet allowing access to just about any kind of information, the concept of banning books seems like something from another century. But, every year, books in libraries and schools continue to be challenged — and some of them are removed.

'Life, Animated: A Story Of Sidekicks, Heroes, And Autism'

Sept. 17
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A book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Suskind details his family's 20-year struggle with their youngest son's autism — and how his obsession to Disney movies opened his world and is helping others.

San Diego Physician Pens Medical Thriller

Sept. 4
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UC San Diego physician Dr. Kelly Parsons has penned his first novel — a medical thriller. The plot of "Doing Harm" involves a surgeon, a serial killer and a hospital.

Navy Seal Veteran Nabs Role In Chris Kyle Biopic 'American Sniper' (Video)

Sept. 1
By Beth Ford Roth
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With Clint Eastwood directing and Bradley Cooper playing the title role, casting directors of the Chris Kyle biopic "American Sniper" were looking for someone to play Kevin Lacz, a Navy SEAL teammate of Kyle's. Just so happens Lacz was available to play the role.

Being Barbarella: Going Behind the Lipstick of 'Diary of a Diva'

Aug. 27
By Beth Accomando
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For the past decade, Barbarella Fokos has been writing her popular column Diary of a Diva for the San Diego Reader. Now she has released her first book, "Diary of a Diva: Behind the Lipstick."

Columnist Marks 10 Years With New Book 'Diary Of A Diva, Behind The Lipstick'

Aug. 21
Midday Edition
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For 10 years, Barbarella Fokos has been writing the popular Diary of a Diva column in the San Diego Reader, now she's put some of her favorite stories in her first book, "Diary of a Diva, Behind the Lipstick."

SDSU Professor's New Book Is An Experiment In Fiction For The Twitter Generation

Aug. 19
Midday Edition
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KPBS Midday Edition speaks to San Diego State University literature Professor Harold Jaffe about his latest book, a collection of 50- and 100-word stories called "Induced Coma."

Author Scott Turow Discusses His Latest Legal Thriller 'Identical'

Aug. 4
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Scott Turow will be in San Diego Tuesday to discuss "Identical." The ticketed event at Qualcomm is being co-sponsored by the San Diego Law Library and Warwick’s.

San Diego Author Aims To Tackle Lack Of Diversity In Children's Books

July 31
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Diego's Dragons is a fantasy series for middle grade and young adult readers by San Diego author Kevin Gerard. The series features a Latino boy as a hero.

How Animals With Mental Illness Can Help Humans Heal

July 15
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A growing consensus on animal behavior is leaning toward the theory animals have complex emotional lives more similar to our own than realized. "Animal Madness" takes its cue from the problems of one disturbed dog and examines what we can learn about ourselves from the emotional problems of animals.

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