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OCT. 6

DUARTE, CA, Best-selling crime writer, 
T. Jefferson Parker, award-winning novelist 
Susan Straight, and celebrated poet, novelist, 
performer and activist, Juan Felipe Herrera, 
will headline the 10th annual Duarte Festival of 
Authors on Saturday, Oct. 6. The festival will 
take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Westminster 
Gardens, 1420 Santo Domingo Ave. in Duarte. 
Admission and parking is free.

 The Duarte Festival of Authors presents 
a unique opportunity in an intimate setting 
for the public to meet and hear from some 
of Southern California’s top writers as well as 
exciting, new talents. 

More than 50 authors will participate in the 
festival presented by the Friends of the Duarte 
Library. The festival showcases a rich sampling 
of the diversity of literary talents and books to 
appeal to a wide variety of tastes: fiction and 
non-fiction, adventure, suspense, romance, 
travel, mystery, inspirational, spiritual, poetry, 
educational, historical, young adult and 
children’s titles. 

In addition to talks, panel discussions and 
book signings all day long, festival-goers are 
in for a host of other treats as well with an 
on-site book store and a choice of food and 
refreshments served up by the popular Pie 
and Burger Restaurant truck and Duarte’s 
Lemonade Brigade. 

Juan Felipe Herrera is the award-winning 
author of 29 books including poetry, novels 
for young adults and collections for children. 
He will speak and sign his books at 12 noon, 
of which “Half the World in Light - New 
and Selected Poems” is his most recent. For 
nearly four decades Herrera has documented 
his experiences as a Chicano in the United 
States and Latin America through stunning 
memorable poetry that is both personal and 
universal in its impact, themes and approach. 
Earlier this year Herrera was named Poet 
Laureate for the State of California. 

T. Jefferson Parker, who will speak and sign 
his books at 1:30 p.m., is a three-time recipient 
of the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar 
Award for best novel, and has won numerous 
other awards for his novels all dealing with 
crime, life and death in Southern California. 
His latest bestseller is “The Jaguar” which 
features protagonist Charlie Hood, a Los 
Angeles Sheriff’s Deputy on loan to the Bureau 
of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms task force 
working the illegal gun trade along the U.S. 
Mexican border.

Novelist Susan Straight, whose book, “Take 
One Candle Light a Room” was named one of 
the best novels of 2010 by the Washington Post, 
The Los Angeles Times, and Kirkus, will speak 
at 3 p.m. Following her talk, she will sign copies 
of her new book, “Between Heaven and Here,” 

Other authors scheduled to appear include: 
Mystery writers, Teresa Burrell, “The 
Advocate,” Gayle Carline, “Hit or Missus,” 
Michael Mayo,”Alex Walker and the Circus 
of Secrets,” Gayle Bartos-Pool, “The Johnny 
Casino Casebook,” and Alice Zogg, “Murder at 
the Cubbyhole”. 

There will be lots of good books for children 
to choose from and special reading and other 
activities for the young ones. Among the 
authors participating will be: Alva Sachs, “I’m 
5,” Jason Silva, “The Tale of Edgar Trunk” 
series, Ron Robledo, “How do you Hide a 
Dinosaur?,” Chani Warnasuriya, “Spooky 
Tales,” and Evelyn De Wolfe, “Conversations 
with Madame Zozo”. Author, Chi Hosseinion’s 
“U Touch, I Tell” helps children learn how to 
protect themselves from predators.

 Fiction writers include: David McCabe 
“Without Sin,” Rebecca Woods, “Living 
Through Charlie,” Lola James, “Bound to 
Remember,” and M. Adams, “For a Taste of 
Morgan”. Zuhdi Sardar’s “Between Iraq and 
Hard Places” paints a canvas of words that - in 
light of the Middle East’s recent “Arab Spring” 
- is both a metaphor of our times and mirror to 
us all.

 Author/TV-radio personality, Manny 
Pacheco highlights character actors of 
Hollywood’s Golden Age and films telling 
America’s story in “Forgotten Hollywood,” 
while Hollywood movie historian, Mark 
Thomas McGee takes readers behind-the-
scenes in the making of the classic “Invasion 
of the Body Snatchers,” and Gerald Schiller, 
details true tales from Tinseltown’s past in “It 
Happened in Hollywood: Remarkable Events 
that Shaped History”. Dennis Sanchez offers 
a humorous Wizard of Oz parody from Toto’s 
point of view in “Toto’s Adventures with 

 Festival goers will find inspirational 
stories. “Joseph Borda’s “Across the Seas” is 
his personal immigrant account of serving in 
three wars and working on ships to earn the 
American citizenship for which he strived 
for years. “Living in the Mouth of the Wolf” 
by Sal DiVita provides authentic accounts of 
events as experienced by ordinary people in 
Fascist Italy during the Second World War. 
Others include: Chuck Robertson, “A Simple 
Man’s Story of Esther,” Glen Gibson, “Not the 
Way You Thought it Would Be,” Loa Blasucci, 
“All Health’s Breaking Loose,” Jesse Cozean, 
“My Grandfather’s War,” and Brenda Winner, 
“Ten Perfect Fingers”. Janie Speare offers advice 
to teens in “Standing Up, Standing Out,” and 
author/artist/peace ambassador, Petra Eiko 
brings her traveling Green Heart project to the 
festival, inviting visitors to inscribe what’s in 
their hearts.

 Claudia and Alan Heller, take readers 
on a journey through The Mother Road in 
stories, pictures and reminiscences of “Life on 
Route 66,” Tim Poyorena-Miguel shares local 
history in “Return to Simons,” and Richard 
Santillan writes on the history of “Mexican 
American Baseball in L.A”. Historian, Elizabeth 
Pomeroy offers a guide to historic and natural 
landmarks in Southern California in “Lost 
and Found,” and James Aguirre offers Native 
American history and perspective in his book 
“Through Native Eyes - Talking Leaves. 

For the latest information about the Duarte 
Festival of Authors, participants and 
activities, visit the Festival website: www., or call (626) 

Highlighted Activity for the Weekdays of September 24-26, 2012


During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 479 service events, resulting in 69 
investigations. To see a complete listing of crimes reported, go to
map/ca/monrovia for crime mapping. For Police Department news and information, visit our website 
at and 
follow us on Twitter for police notifications.


Car-Jacking / Armed Robbery

September 25 at 6:38 a.m., a male victim called police and reported that he just had his vehicle taken 
from him at gunpoint on Fifth Avenue, between Chestnut and Walnut. One of the suspects approached 
the victim and asked if he would help jump start his late 1980's, small, white, pickup truck. 
The truck was occupied by another suspect and was parked on Fifth Avenue. The victim agreed to 
help and drove his vehicle up to the suspect's vehicle, at which time one of the suspects pointed a 
small, silver-colored handgun at the victim and demanded all his money. The victim complied and 
the suspects fled the area, one in the suspect's pickup truck and the other in the victim's 2002, green 
Dodge Caravan. 

Suspect one, the driver of the pickup, is only described as a male, unknown race. Suspect two, the 
suspect who took the victim's money and drove off in his vehicle, is described as a male White, in his 
late 30's, 5'9" tall, thin build, with blond shoulder length hair, wearing blue jeans and a blue T-shirt 
with a circle logo on the front. Officers searched the area for the suspects, but were unable to locate 
them. Investigation continuing.



On September 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Monrovia Police Department and the Drug Enforcement 
Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by 
ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. 
Bring your medications for disposal to the Monrovia Community Center at 119 W. Palm Avenue, 
Monrovia, CA 91016. The service is free and anonymous; no questions asked.

During the previous four take-back events, 774 tons of prescription drugs were collected nationwide, 
of which more than 58 thousand pounds were collected in the greater Los Angeles area, alone.

For additional information, please contact Sergeant Glen Coleman at (626) 256-8020


September 29, 2012 – 10am-5pm

Mt. Sierra College is partnering with the Foothill Unity Auxiliary Center for a free event to recycle 
your electronic waste. To participate, bring your electronic waste to the parking lot of Mt. Sierra 
College located at 101 E. Huntington Drive, Monrovia, CA 91016.

Common electronics items accepted are: Computer Monitors, Television Sets, LCD’s, Plasma TV’s, 
Telephones, PC equipment, Battery Powered Toys, Cameras, Cell Phones, Vacuums, and Power Tools. 
Items that are not accepted are Household Batteries, Fluorescent Light Bulbs, Glass, Wood, Tires, 
or Large Appliances. Acts will also accept other donations of clothing, furniture, house wares, and 

Mt. Sierra College offers bachelor degree programs in three areas of study: media arts, business, 
and technology. The College has designed its degree programs to provide you with a well-rounded 
education - a technology driven, academically sound curriculum for tomorrow’s professionals. All 
programs are designed to be completed in twelve consecutive quarter terms over a period of three 
calendar years.

Mt. Sierra College offers year-round enrollment, and applications are accepted for the Fall, Winter, 
Spring and Summer quarters. The degree programs at Mt. Sierra College are open to all qualified 
applicants who have successfully earned a high school diploma or the equivalent. Acceptance to Mt. 
Sierra College is based primarily on a review of applicant’s high school and/or college transcripts and 
entrance assessments results. To learn more about Mt. Sierra, please visit



 MONROVIA - Friends of the Monrovia Public Library announce the Friends Fall Sale, on October 
13 & 14. The sale is open to the public in both Library Park and the Library Community Room from 
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday with our famous $2.00 a Bag Sale Sunday 3-5 p.m. 
100% of the proceeds benefit the Monrovia Public Library. Our volunteers operate the only book 
store in Monrovia. 


On October 13-14, more than 5,000 books will be available for purchase – 90% of them donations 
from the public. Prices for regular books and media range from 25¢ to $2. Collectables are individually 
priced from $5 to $40. While book sellers are welcome, scanners are not permitted. 


The Friends of the Monrovia Public Library promote the Library by stimulating a greater use and 
appreciation of the literary, educational, and cultural advantages the library offers throughout the 


Monrovia Public Library 321 South Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia, CA 91016. For more information, call 
(626) 932-5555, Ext. 3124 or visit


Thursday October 4, 2012 

This program will be held at the library located at 321 South Myrtle Avenue and is supported in 
whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. 

Part one: “Social Media Marketing Made Simple” is presented by Kelly Flint, who will provide insight 
on social media and its value to small businesses. Kelly will provide strategies and best practices on 
how to evaluate what’s best for your business and how to create content for marketing campaigns. 
This free workshop will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Library Community Room. Pre-
registration is encouraged. Stop by the Adult Reference Desk, call 626-256-8274, or visit www.monroviapubliclibrary.
org and click on the Library Calendar and follow the registration link. 

Part two: “Facebook for Business” is an optional fee-based Boot Camp program sponsored by SCORE 
Los Angeles. The hands-on program is presented by David and MJ Finstrom, owners of HUTdogs. 
This session focuses on using Facebook pages for business and non-profits. Coaches will help attendees 
move forward with their Facebook page. Bring your own laptop. The fee-based Boot Camp will be 
held from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Library Community Room. The $139 fee is payable in advance 
or at the door. Pre-registration is encouraged online only. Visit, click 
on the Library Calendar and follow the registration link. 

Thursday October 4

Library Community Room

12:00 pm to 4:30 p.m.

Part 1: Free - Part 2: $139.00