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San Diego Writer Stephen Metcalfe Navigates Life, Literature

San Diego Writer Stephen Metcalfe Navigates Life, Literature


Stephen Metcalfe, author, "The Practical Navigator"


Photo by St. Martin's Press

The book cover of "The Practical Navigator."

Stephen Metcalfe, the author of the new novel "The Practical Navigator," is a pretty good navigator himself.

An associate artist at the Old Globe, he has written several plays, including "Loves & Hours," "Strange Snow" and "The Incredible Willy Rivers."

He has written production drafts for "Pretty Woman," "It Could Happen To You," "Dangerous Minds" and several other movies. His novel for young adults, "The Tragic Age," was published in 2014.

Metcalfe seems to navigate between literary genres with ease. But life can offer entirely different problems, most without maps.

Book Signing and Conversation

When: 7:30 p.m, Tuesday, August 9

Where: Warwick's, 7812 Girard Ave., La Jolla

In "The Practical Navigator," protagonist Michael Hodge, a building contractor in Southern California, tries to find his way through life as a single father of an autistic 6-year-old son. To further complicate matters, Hodge's mother's dementia is getting worse.

Metcalfe knows something about these difficulties. He describes himself as "the proud father of an 18-year-old-son on the autism spectrum."

Metcalfe will appear in conversation with author Lacy Crawford at Warwick's Tuesday night. He talks about his book and his life on Midday Edition.

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