Category Archives: Books

Friends of the Palisades Library Honor Winners in the Annual Summer Writing Contest

Brentwood High School student Alana Kamins, who took third place with her story “Eyes,” told the Friends of the Palisades Library: “Thank you for having this event. Especially with all the negativity right now, it’s nice to have a positive … Continue reading

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Webinar Will Feature Palisades Author Robert Rosenstone, Exploring the Legacy of John Reed

Pacific Palisades author Robert A. Rosenstone and Kenneth Z. Chutchian will explore the life and legacy of John Reed at 6 p.m., on Saturday, October 17, in a Zoom webinar. The webinar will be moderated by The Narrative Group’s Scott … Continue reading

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Palisadians Barbara Ligeti and Howard Kern Start ShiftPoetry and Offer Workshops

Palisadian Barbara Ligeti and Howard Kern, a Pacific Palisades-based corporate attorney and author, have started a new business, ShiftPoetry. “We help folks use self-expression, through writing, to feel better about all aspects of life,” said Ligeti, who noted that the … Continue reading

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Alan Eisenstock Recommends Music to Lift You Up

(Editor’s note: When Palisadian Alan Eisenstock is not researching and writing one of his nonfiction books (18 thus far!), he pursues what he calls “a crazy labor of love side project” that he started in mid-March: sending a weekly Covid-themed … Continue reading

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CTN Welcomes Alan Eisenstock’s Weekly 20-Song Playlists for These Pandemic Times

By BILL BRUNS Circling the News Adviser When Palisadian Alan Eisenstock is not researching and writing one of his nonfiction books (18 thus far!), he pursues what he calls “a crazy labor of love side project” that he started in … Continue reading

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A Revered Literary Lion Still Roars in Texas

By BOB VICKREY The list of Texans that have spent their writing lives chronicling their roots is rather long and impressive, and includes names like Dobie, Webb and Graves. For many years, J. Frank Dobie was considered the preeminent voice … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Lamenting the Loss of Village Books and Treasuring Diesel Bookstore 

Columnist Bob Vickrey, in an August 7 email to Circling the News, wrote: “Lisa’s stirring up some ‘good trouble’ in town with her letter to the Palisadian-Post.” In her letter, Lisa Kaas Boyle wrote that when she was in law … Continue reading

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Summer Is Fast Approaching: Time to Read and Also Enjoy Online Events at the L.A. Public Library

Gail Kim, children’s librarian at the Palisades Branch Library, wrote Circling the News on June 4 to say that even though the  library is still closed, there are lots of opportunities, starting with the “Summer Reading Challenge.” “Believe it or … Continue reading

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L.A. Public Library Seeks Items from Residents to Document ‘Shelter-at-Home’ Experience

The L.A. Public Library (LAPL) is asking that Los Angeles residents help document what they did or saw during the Covid-19 Stay-at-Home period. Led by Kelly Wallace, a LAPD librarian in the history department, and Digitalization and Special Collections librarian … Continue reading

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This Bookselling Caper Stirs Echoes of Philip Marlowe

BY BOB VICKREY During my long career in book publishing, I was often accused by sales managers of enhancing my weekly marketing reports with excessive details. One manager, in particular, took a gentle shot in my direction at a company … Continue reading

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