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Point Loma Library Monday Night Author Adventures (Part 1): a FREE in-person series marine biologist and author Beth Ann Mathews

January 8 @ 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM


About the In-Person Library Series

We are delighted to introduce a fun 2024 author series in partnership with the Point Loma Library, and we invite you to join us! Don’t miss the opportunity to meet seven bestselling and fan-favorite authors: Beth Ann Mathews, Elizabeth Cobbs, Elizabeth L. Silver, Carl Vonderau, Jesse Leon, Madhushree Ghosh and Mona Gable.

Part 1 – Just in time for the January Gray Whale migration in San Diego, join marine biologist Beth Ann Mathews to discuss her deeply personal memoir, Deep Waters.

BOOKS are available for pre-order below to be delivered to the event for signing.

Upcoming Series Schedule

PART 1 featuring Beth Ann Mathews: Monday, January 8, 6:30pm Pacific
PART 2 featuring Elizabeth Cobbs: Wednesday, February 7, 1:00 pm Pacific (note the date and time change for this event only)

PART 3 featuring Carl Vonderau: Monday, May 13, 6:30pm Pacific
PART 4 featuring Elizabeth L. Silver: Monday, June 10, 6:30pm Pacific
PART 5 featuring Jesse Leon: Monday, September 9, 6:30pm Pacific
PART 6 featuring Madhushree Ghosh: Monday, October 28, 6:30pm Pacific
PART 7 featuring Mona Gable: Monday, November 4, 6:30pm Pacific


Part 1: Beth Ann Mathews

Beth Ann Mathews is a marine biologist and a mother of one son. She grew up in a large family in the Midwest and earned a degree in Animal Science at Purdue University. As a professor at the University of Alaska Southeast, Beth taught courses in biology, behavioral ecology, and marine mammalogy and led research on harbor seals, Steller sea lions, and harbor porpoises with her students, mainly in Glacier Bay National Park. After twenty years in Alaska, Beth and her husband sold their home to begin an expedition with their young son on the family’s 42-foot sailboat from Alaska to Mexico’s Sea of Cortez.

Feedback from her blog during the three-year journey inspired her to write stories about their sailing adventures as well as Deep Waters, a memoir about her family’s struggle to survive, and move beyond, her husband’s unusual stroke in 2008. This memoir won the Memoirs (personal struggle/health issues) category of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, and a bronze award in the Independent Publishers Book Awards, for Best Regional Non-Fiction, West-Pacific region.

Deep Waters is a gripping, intimate story of relationship resilience set against the backdrop of Alaska’s dramatic marine wilderness. A marine biologist’s adventurous life as a professor, wife, and mother in Alaska is upended when her healthy husband is slammed by a rare type of stroke. His radical approach to recovery clashes with her instinct to keep him safe at home and sets them on a collision course as he insists on ambitious sailing expeditions with Beth and their young son in Alaska’s magnificent yet unforgiving waters.

To schedule a book club visit with Beth Ann or any of our authors on NovelNetwork:


Part 2: Elizabeth Cobbs

Elizabeth Cobbs is an award-winning historian who brings fresh, unexpected perspectives to our understanding of the past and present. Building upon worldwide archival research and her own extraordinary life experiences, Elizabeth writes best selling  fiction and non-fiction that is both scholarly and witty. Her path-breaking books, articles, and documentary films reveal a world that is as intriguing and surprising as it is real. Elizabeth earned her Ph.D. in American history at Stanford University. She now holds the Melbern Glasscock Chair at Texas A&M University. Her books have won four literary prizes, two for American history and two for fiction, and she has won four prizes for documentary filmmaking.

When America became a nation, a woman had no legal existence beyond her husband. If he abused her, she couldn’t leave without abandoning her children. Abigail Adams tried to change this, reminding her husband John to “remember the ladies” when he wrote the Constitution. He simply laughed―and women have been fighting for their rights ever since. Fearless Women tells the story of women who dared to take destiny into their own hands. They were feminists and antifeminists, activists and homemakers, victims of abuse and pathbreaking professionals. Inspired by the nation’s ideals and fueled by an unshakeable sense of right and wrong, they wouldn’t take no for an answer. In time, they carried the country with them.


Part 3: Carl Vonderau

Carl Vonderau is an award-winning author of crime fiction. As a child growing up in Cleveland, he loved to write. His ghost stories scared the bejesus out of other kids. But it took a long time to become a full-time author. He left Cleveland to study at Stanford, then spent more than thirty years as a banker in the U.S., Latin America, and North Africa. Those international settings were sources of inspiration for his books. He is the president of Partners in Crime, The San Diego chapter of the Sisters in Crime organization of authors and fans of crime writing. Additionally, he’s a partner at San Diego Social Venture Partners, an organization that mentors other nonprofits.His first novel, Murderabilia, was published in 2019 and won a Left Coast Crime award for Best Debut, and a San Diego Book award for Best Mystery. 

His second novel, Saving Myles, follows an unassuming banker from La Jolla, CA as he takes matters into his own hands in order to save his kidnapped son and bring him home.

Part 4: Elizabeth L. Silver

Elizabeth L. Silver is the author of The Tincture of Time: A Memoir of (Medical) Uncertainty, and Amazon Best Book of the Year The Execution of Noa P. Singleton. Her work has been called “masterful” by The Wall Street Journal, has been published in 7 languages, and optioned for film. The Tincture of Time was featured on PBS and NPR, and was an O Magazine/Oprah’s “Ten Books to Pick up Now.” 

Her new novel, The Majority, is a riveting novel of love and friendship, motherhood and ambition, and one woman’s fight to be a Supreme Court justice. Covering the span of fifty years, Justice Sylvia Olin Bernstein’s personal account reveals the intimate truth about a woman who is not just a brilliant mind but a daughter, a best friend, a wife, and a mother. Caught in a tug-of-war between career and family, truth and convenience, progress and patience, she will be given a chance to change the course of American history.

To schedule a book club visit with Elizabeth or any of our authors on NovelNetwork:


Part 5: Jesse Leon

Jesse Leon is a social impact consultant to foundations, impact investors, non-profits, and real estate developers on ways to address issues of substance abuse, affordable housing, and educational opportunities for at-risk youth. Since receiving a master’s degree from the Harvard Kennedy School, Jesse has managed multi-million dollar philanthropic grantmaking for various foundations and banking institutions, managed over $1B in public sector investments for affordable housing, and built thousands of units of mixed-income housing as a real estate developer for Bank of America.

Jesse’s unforgettable memoir, I’m Not Broken, is an inspirational portrait of one young man’s indomitable strength and spirit to survive—against all possible odds. “A book for survivors and those who know someone they hope survives, bodhisattvas all.”


Part 6: Madhushree Ghosh

Madhushree Ghosh has written prolifically on how food—especially South Asian food—travels globally though immigration, migration and indenture. As the daughter of refugees and an immigrant to America, food stories inform her about the history of her people, how they traveled and what happened to them when they held onto recipes, let go or modified them over countries, continents and generations. Her work has been a Notable Mention in Best American Essays in Food Writing, Pushcart nominated and published in The New York Times, Vogue India, Washington Post, LA Times, The Writer, Longreads, Catapult, BOMB, Guernica, LA Review of Books, LitHub and others. She is an invited workshop leader at conferences and workshops such as Grub Street Writers, Encinitas Writers Workshop, San Diego Memoir Writers’ Workshop and others.

Her debut food narrative memoir,, was published in 2022 by the University of Iowa Press to great acclaim. KHABAAR focuses on chefs, home cooks, and food stall owners, and the author’s own immigrant journey as the daughter of refugees, questioning what it means to belong and what does “belonging” in a new place look like in the foods carried over from the old country.


Part 7: Mona Gable

Mona Gable is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, Outside, AFAR, the Los Angeles Times, and many others. Her article in Los Angeles magazine, “The Hugo Problem,” was named a Longreads Best of 2015. Since 1990, she has written about social issues, culture, and politics for the Los Angeles Times. Gable grew up in San Diego, California, and is a graduate of UC Berkeley. Her memoir, “Blood Brother: The Gene That Rocked My Family,” was published in 2014 by Shebooks.

Her new novel, Searching for Savanna, arose out of a story she wrote for the late Pacific Standard magazine. It is a gripping and illuminating investigation into the disappearance of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind when she was eight months pregnant, highlighting the shocking epidemic of violence against Native women in America and the societal ramifications of government inaction.



As this event is free and open to the public, no registration is required and seating is available on a first-come, first-served based. However, we encourage you to support each of the featured authors by pre-ordering a copy of the book below to be delivered to the event for signing. Additional copies will be available for sale at the event on a limited basis.


About the Point Loma/Hervey Library

One of the largest libraries in the City of San Diego, the Point Loma/Hervey Library offers many unique features and several conference rooms, a computer lab and media room. Fitting with Point Loma’s history as a fishing village, the library incorporates themes of marine life and nautical history throughout the two-story building.



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