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Furry friends

Posted: July 14th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Books, Feature, Top Story | No Comments

By Sara Butler

Walk into Mission Hills Library on a Saturday morning and among the rows of bookshelves, you may just find a fluffy friend or two.

The library boasts a calendar full of activities aimed to encourage reading, but “Read to a Therapy Dog” is not your average program. The monthly event invites children to interact with furry special guests: therapy dogs.

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North Park author makes debut

By Kit-Bacon Gressitt Behind the hazel eyes and engaging laugh of young-adult fiction author Danielle Mages Amato bubbles a bright and imaginative mind. And from that internal kettle, the debut author and North Park resident has percolated a fascinating mystery with a dash of the paranormal, “The Hidden Memory of Objects.” Set in and around contemporary Washington, D.C. — and in flashbacks to the past, including the 1865 assassination of President Abraham Lincoln — Amato’s […]

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Volleyball great pens first book

Kensington woman sports an impressive resume By Lucia Viti Former beach volleyball superstar Angela Rock has just added authorship to her long list of athletic and professional accomplishments. In her first book, “Angela Rock’s Advanced Beach Volleyball Tactics,” the Kensington resident shares years of hard-earned experience in a guide book that covers beach volleyball from A to Z. Tactics are clearly defined with easy-to-follow references that cover every aspect of game.

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Tapping into her roots

Posted: March 24th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Books, Featured | No Comments

Author, an appellate judge, writes short-story collection about Syrian immigrants By Jennifer Coburn If you ask most bestselling authors how they made it as novelists, you’ll hear about workshops, writers’ groups or backgrounds in journalism. Rarely will you hear a career trajectory like Patricia D. Benke’s. Benke was a San Diego appellate court judge who was being considered for the California Supreme Court when she told a newspaper reporter that she enjoyed writing fiction.

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