June 17, 1993 |
The 21st annual Santa Barbara Writing Conference begins at 8 p.m. Friday, when Ray Bradbury fires up the writers (as he has done for years) with his passion for telling stories. The weeklong conference, which attracts people from all over the world and dozens of Ventura County writers, is held at the Miramar Hotel in Montecito. During the week, 27 workshop leaders and 27 guest lecturers--including agents, editors and major novelists--will share their expertise each day from 9 a.m.
January 10, 2000 |
A mystery company is hoping that British heavyweight Julius Francis gets knocked down repeatedly in his fight with Mike Tyson in Manchester, England, on Jan. 29. That's why the outfit is sponsoring the soles of Francis' shoes for 20,000 pounds (U.S. $32,000), hoping that the boxer will be prone enough times to display the strange advertisement. Frank Maloney, manager of Francis, knows the advertiser, but he won't tell.
September 15, 1994 |
Ventura Bookstore's Ed Elrod has planned three events this week to appeal to a variety of literary interests: The image of Costa Rica as a peaceful, democratic country that welcomes Americans as tourists and expatriate retirees is re-enforced in "Choose Costa Rica." Travel writer John Howells will sign his guide to living and investing in the Central American country at 2 p.m. Saturday. Unlike many of today's women mystery writers who create female crime solvers, J.A.
March 13, 2010 |
Western civilization comes just a littler closer to its final collapse Sunday with the premiere of "Pretty Wild," the latest hot-chicks reality series from E!, already home to "The Girls Next Door," "Kendra" and "Keeping Up With the Kardashians." At some point in its development this would have been sold as the story of a former (but still hot) Playboy model and her three hot daughters, but it has since become the story of a former Playboy model, one of whose hot daughters is an alleged member of the so-called Bling Ring, the gang of junior sneak thieves who lifted some $3 million of stuff from the homes of younger-set Hollywood celebrities in 2008 and 2009.
March 2, 2000 |
Being a teenage boy is hard enough (I'm told), but being a gay teenage boy can be excruciating. Jerry C. Dunn, a 22-year-old UCLA grad, created a new magazine called Joey, on stands around the nation this week, to help end the isolation so often felt by young homosexuals and bisexuals. "For some reason, young kids are deciding it is OK to come out. They are confident enough to find a support network, and I'm taking advantage of that," said Dunn, editor and publisher of the quarterly glossy.
September 7, 1995 |
Bruce Parkhill, who revitalized the Penn State basketball team when it joined the Big Ten Conference, resigned unexpectedly as coach Wednesday, saying he was burned out. Parkhill, who guided the Nittany Lions to a 21-11 record last season and a third-place finish in the National Invitation Tournament, was replaced by long-time assistant Jerry Dunn. Parkhill will remain at the school as assistant athletic director. "I just haven't enjoyed coaching as much as I used to--it's that simple," he said.
March 19, 1998 |
It's such a tough business, this writing game. Creating the work, getting published and reviewed--usually while working another job and/or managing a family--demands passion and dedication. So when three authors shared their latest published efforts at a regular lunch gathering of literary toilers (where anxious complaining often occurs), the carping changed to happy talk.
August 24, 1995 |
Too often we tend to dismiss all television news anchors as pretty faces who know how to read. Now Kelly Lange, the enduring journalist who co-anchors the KNBC news at 4 and 11 p.m., can list among her credits "Trophy Wife," a glitzy murder mystery. The book, she said, was written between midnight and 3 a.m., after her nightly broadcast.
September 2, 1993 |
Labor Day weekend is upon us, a sure sign that summer has slipped away. For many literary toilers (those who have been frolicking), it also means it's time to take up the quill, activate the electric typewriter or light up the word processor. But there is no reason to be a lonely scribbler. Opportunities now abound via local writing organizations to meet colleagues, make contacts and encounter best-selling authors, screenwriters, agents and editors.
August 17, 1995 |
As anyone who has read Page 3 of this section already knows, Ray Bradbury will be honored on his 75th birthday at a gala celebration Tuesday to benefit the Thousand Oaks Library. Bradbury's support of libraries is legendary. He has been tireless in responding to appeals to help raise funds, confront book burners and encourage young people to use the library.