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One Book, One San Diego 2014 Selection: Lysley Tenorio's 'Monstress'

May 27
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Author of the 'One Book One San Diego' pick, San Diego native Lesley Tennorio talks about his collection of short stories called "Monstress."

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Cartoonist Steve Breen's Kids Inspired His New Book

May 26
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A Tyrannosaurus Rex eating Donald Trump, Miley Cyclops and Santa Claus blowing up a Nazi with a bazooka — these are some images from the wild imagination of Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Steve Breen and his kids.

USD Professor Discusses New Book, 'The Family Cannon'

May 22
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"The Family Cannon," a short story collection by University of San Diego professor Halina Duraj, follows the story of Magda, a Polish-American girl who struggles between Old World fears and New World dreams.

San Diego Political Legend Tom Hom Talks About 'Bumpy Road' To American Dream

May 21
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Tom Hom, the first Asian-American to serve on the San Diego City Council, opens up in a new memoir about growing up in San Diego and the challenges to achieving the American dream.

Swimming The 1,777-Mile Danube River For A Good Cause

May 19
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Mimi Hughes has embarked on a number of marathon swims, including the Tennessee, Ohio and — most-challenging — Danube rivers for social and environmental causes.

Writer Ruth Reichl Sees The World Food First

May 14
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Former New York Times food critic and writer Ruth Reichl sees the world food first. We'll hear about her first novel, 'Delicious' and her thoughts on the legacy of "Gourmet" magazine. Reichl will be at the Chino Farm on May 18

Author, Traveler Pico Iyer Discusses How To Find Balance In The Digital Age

May 13
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Pico Iyer is coming to San Diego this week to deliver a lecture on how to maintain life's balance despite "weapons of mass distraction."

Boosting San Diego Literacy Rate Remains A Challenge

May 12
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About 20 percent of San Diego County residents are either illiterate or functionally illiterate, according to the San Diego Council on Literacy's assessment of U.S. Census figures.

New Book Explores The End Of Suburban Sprawl

April 28
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It used to be part of the American dream to escape the city and build a life in the suburbs. But that dream now is fading, as people turn away from suburban sprawl. We'll hear how San Diego is moving toward a new urbanism.

UC San Diego Researcher Traces American History Of Democracy And Racist Immigration Laws

April 22
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The U.S. has barred people based on race longer than any other country in the western hemisphere. A new book co-authored by a UC San Diego researcher looks at the history of democracy and racist immigration policy in the Americas.

Brad Pitt To Play Gen. Stanley McChrystal In 'The Operators' Movie

April 15
By Beth Ford Roth
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Which actor would you want to play you in a movie about your life? If you're a man, I'm guessing Brad Pitt is at the top of the list. Well, for Gen. Stanley McChrystal the dream is about to become a reality. Pitt is slated to star in "The Operators," a film about McChrystal based on the book by Michael Hastings.

Retired San Diego 911 Operator Writes About Handling Emergencies, Large And Small

April 7
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From funny, to heartbreaking to downright strange, we'll hear about the stories in a new book by a former San Diego Police Department 911 dispatcher.

SDSU Offers Its First Zombies Class To Reanimate Students

March 28
By Beth Accomando
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Zombies are everywhere in pop culture. "The Walking Dead" is a hit on TV, Brad Pitt just saved the world from them in "World War Z," and killing zombies is almost a rite of passage in video games. So with zombies not looking to shamble off into the sunset maybe it’s time to put them to better use. That’s what San Diego State is doing this semester.

New Book Documents Tijuana's Revival In Words And Pictures

March 19
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A new bilingual coffee-table book, Tijuana/22000, explores the transformation happening in the heart of the westernmost city in all of Latin America, through photography, stories and numbers.

Author Looks To Animals For Deeper Understanding Of Good And Evil

March 17
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A new book points out that human beings, as the master predators are without a doubt the biggest killers on the planet.