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November 12, 1992 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Laramie Dunaway's new novel, "Borrowed Lives," is garnering the best reviews of her career. Cosmopolitan calls the story about a timid Orange County woman who assumes the identity of her brilliant dead best friend "an absolutely hilarious, wicked tale." But there's more: The novel is an alternate selection with the Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Clubs. Warner Books took out a promotional ad in the New York Times Book Review, Dunaway's first.
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February 13, 2007 | Carmela Ciuraru, Special to The Times
HAD his ambition to become a professional basketball player not panned out, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says, he would have been a history teacher instead. His passion for African American history in particular inspired his latest book, "On the Shoulders of Giants," borrowing from the Isaac Newton quote crediting those who inspired him.
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November 30, 1992 | ANDREA HEIMAN
Aspiring writers who take Raymond Obstfeld's class are rarely disappointed. The award-winning author has written more than 30 novels ranging in genre from suspense to Westerns. And for the past 17 years, the Tustin resident has been a creative writing teacher at Orange Coast College. "He's thrown me years ahead of other students working on their first novel," said 22-year-old Greg Hammond, a student in Obstfeld's novel-writing workshop. "I have a real edge on everyone else."
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October 28, 1996 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eight years ago, Raymond Obstfeld had an idea for what he thought would make a great book: a collection of quotations from the world of rock 'n' roll. The Tustin novelist drafted a book proposal, and his agent sent it to 10 publishing houses. The result: Not one publisher thought there would be any interest in such a book. Since then, Obstfeld has seen two rock 'n' roll quotation books hit bookstores.
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April 22, 1989 | DENNIS McLELLAN, Times Staff Writer and
The problem with Hollywood, Orange Coast College writing instructor Raymond Obstfeld says, is that nobody has the time to read. "It's always the same story," says the author of nearly 30 novels. "They want a one-page synopsis. Nobody wants to read the books." The same goes for the 25,000 screenplays that are registered with Writers Guild of America (West) each year. As a teacher who has read "a ton" of student manuscripts, Obstfeld said he is sympathetic with the problem. The Irvine writer, who has had five screenplays optioned by Hollywood producers over the years, thinks he has a solution that will benefit both writers and producers.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2007 | Carmela Ciuraru, Special to The Times
HAD his ambition to become a professional basketball player not panned out, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says, he would have been a history teacher instead. His passion for African American history in particular inspired his latest book, "On the Shoulders of Giants," borrowing from the Isaac Newton quote crediting those who inspired him.
NEWS
October 16, 1996 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eight years ago, Raymond Obstfeld had an idea for what he thought would make a great book: a collection of quotations from the world of rock 'n' roll. The Tustin novelist drafted a book proposal, and his agent sent it to 10 publishing houses. The result: Not one publisher felt there would be any interest in such a book. Since then, Obstfeld has seen two different rock 'n' roll quotation books hit bookstores.
NEWS
October 28, 1996 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eight years ago, Raymond Obstfeld had an idea for what he thought would make a great book: a collection of quotations from the world of rock 'n' roll. The Tustin novelist drafted a book proposal, and his agent sent it to 10 publishing houses. The result: Not one publisher thought there would be any interest in such a book. Since then, Obstfeld has seen two rock 'n' roll quotation books hit bookstores.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 1997 | J. J. POPE
Orange Coast College student Sheila Burgener has published her first book, "Twang! The Ultimate Book of Country Music Quotations," along with professor Raymond Obstfeld. The 246-page paperback was released nationally earlier this month by Fossil Press, an Orange County publishing company. A longtime country music fan, Burgener, 42, came upon the idea for the book about 18 months ago while in one of Obstfeld's writing classes. She spent a year of research on the book.
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October 16, 1996 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eight years ago, Raymond Obstfeld had an idea for what he thought would make a great book: a collection of quotations from the world of rock 'n' roll. The Tustin novelist drafted a book proposal, and his agent sent it to 10 publishing houses. The result: Not one publisher felt there would be any interest in such a book. Since then, Obstfeld has seen two different rock 'n' roll quotation books hit bookstores.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 1992 | ANDREA HEIMAN
Aspiring writers who take Raymond Obstfeld's class are rarely disappointed. The award-winning author has written more than 30 novels ranging in genre from suspense to Westerns. And for the past 17 years, the Tustin resident has been a creative writing teacher at Orange Coast College. "He's thrown me years ahead of other students working on their first novel," said 22-year-old Greg Hammond, a student in Obstfeld's novel-writing workshop. "I have a real edge on everyone else."
NEWS
November 12, 1992 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Laramie Dunaway's new novel, "Borrowed Lives," is garnering the best reviews of her career. Cosmopolitan calls the story about a timid Orange County woman who assumes the identity of her brilliant dead best friend "an absolutely hilarious, wicked tale." But there's more: The novel is an alternate selection with the Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Clubs. Warner Books took out a promotional ad in the New York Times Book Review, Dunaway's first.
NEWS
April 22, 1989 | DENNIS McLELLAN, Times Staff Writer and
The problem with Hollywood, Orange Coast College writing instructor Raymond Obstfeld says, is that nobody has the time to read. "It's always the same story," says the author of nearly 30 novels. "They want a one-page synopsis. Nobody wants to read the books." The same goes for the 25,000 screenplays that are registered with Writers Guild of America (West) each year. As a teacher who has read "a ton" of student manuscripts, Obstfeld said he is sympathetic with the problem. The Irvine writer, who has had five screenplays optioned by Hollywood producers over the years, thinks he has a solution that will benefit both writers and producers.
NEWS
September 15, 1989 | DENNIS McLELLAN, Times Staff Writer
The years between 1877 and 1915, as UC Irvine Prof. Dickson D. Bruce Jr. points out in his new book, was a period of such rancorous white racism that one historian labeled it the "nadir" of black American history.
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December 6, 1991 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Baja California. The name alone conjures up visions of remote beaches, rolling hills and nameless dirt roads. John Minch and Thomas Leslie have been succumbing to the allure of the area for the past 30 years. But the two Saddleback College professors don't just visit Baja; they study it, documenting the plant and animal life and mapping out the geological formations of the Mexican peninsula.
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