Category Archives: Books

Book Launch Set for Ernest Marquez’s History of Rancho Boca de Santa Monica

Life-long resident Ernest Marquez, 97, will celebrate the publication of his latest book, “Rancho Boca de Santa Monica: The 1839 California Land Grant – A History,” on Saturday, September 25. A launch party will be held from 9 a.m. to … Continue reading

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Alan Eisenstock’s Playlist: It’s Forever

(Editor’s note: Palisadian Alan Eisenstock’s 19th book “Redeeming Justice” co-written with Jarrett Adams, which comes out on September 14, was named the Best Book of September by Amazon. “A consuming tale of a broken legal system, its trail of ruin … Continue reading

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Searching for the Mysterious ‘Julie B.’ in Pacific Palisades

BY BOB VICKREY Special to Circling the News The letter writer began her tribute to her favorite author with these words: “I am someone who fell in love with Pat Conroy almost 30 years ago. It started with ‘The Prince … Continue reading

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Palisadians to Discuss ‘Heroes of the Maze,’ a Diesel Bookstore Virtual Event Thursday Evening

Join Pacific Palisades residents Tessa and Chloe Smigla as they discuss “Heroes of the Maze” at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 6, during a virtual story-time event. To register:  Click Here. The sisters are the adopted children of Palisadians Lisa … Continue reading

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Readers Want/Have the Answers on Libraries

REGARDING PUBLIC LIBRARIES: A reader reached out to the L.A. Public Libraries on March 17 and asked: “Do you know when L.A. City libraries are going to reopen? I haven’t heard any communication on this. Seems like everything else has … Continue reading

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Many City Libraries Will Open May 3, But Not the Palisades Branch Library. Here’s Why.

BY BILL BRUNS Special to CTN The L.A. Times reported Monday that “the Los Angeles Public Library is expected to reopen May 3 with limited service at 38 locations,” thanks to a lifting of Covid-19 restrictions.” Unfortunately, the Pacific Palisades … Continue reading

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Sara Jane Boyers Helps Residents Celebrate Poetry Month

April is poetry month. In that spirit, Santa Monica Canyon resident Sara Jane Boyers posts a daily poem with one of her photos at the Little Free Library located in Rustic Canyon. “It was a hit with passersby and library visitors … Continue reading

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Novelist Larry McMurtry Dies at Age 84

(Editor’s note: Larry Jeff McMurtry (June 3, 1936 – March 25, 2021) was an American novelist, essayist, bookseller and screenwriter whose work was predominantly set in either the Old West or Texas. Movies adapted from McMurtry’s works earned 34 Oscar … Continue reading

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Remembering Elgin Baylor: Memoir Co-Written by Palisadian

 (Editor’s note: With Elgin Baylor’s passing on March 22, CTN turned to Pacific Palisades writer Alan Eisenstock, who co-authored Baylor’s memoir, “Hang Time.” Eisenstock responded by email, “Elgin was a good man, fought his fight in a strong but quiet … Continue reading

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Designer Stacy Johnson Produces Her First Children’s Book, ‘Mabel the Fashion Muse”

Although Stacy Johnson started her fashion career as a teen model for Seventeen magazine, she knew early on it was designing that interested her most. She grew a successful company, Stacia, that started in Brooklyn in 1998, and now she’s … Continue reading

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