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Books & Bingo Adventure – San Diego Public Library

October 13 @ 12:30 pm - 5:30 pm PDT


About the Event

Adventures by the Book™ and NovelNetwork™ are excited to partner with the Library Shop to once again host our signature and popular Books & Bingo Adventure to be held in the stunning 9th floor Special Events Room of the San Diego Central Library. Featured will be at least a dozen favorite book club authors, including keynote speaker, New York Times and international bestselling author Kate Quinn.

Don’t miss this unique book extravaganza, that includes opportunities to sit with and chat with authors who are excited to connect with their readers, your chance to enjoy a fabulous keynote speaker and multiple book panel discussions,  while enjoying a tasting of a decadent assortment of desserts, as well as to get your favorite books signed, play our own fun version author BINGO, photo ops, and much more!

Your registration includes a dessert bar, a copy of Ribbons of Scarlet signed by Kate Quinn, tote bag, event program, collectible Bingo card, photo opportunities, giveaways, and much much more! Only books presold below or sold at the event will be eligible for signing!

Early-bird tickets now available!


Book Clubs: Connect with These Fabulous Authors Now!

What is NovelNetwork? NovelNetwork is the nation’s first match(dot)com designed to connect authors and book clubs (and yes library book clubs too). Book clubs join for free and gain access to a database of over 80 authors (and growing daily) who are ready, willing, able, and excited to video chat with book clubs or, if local, to meet in person.

Books & Bingo is a signature, and very popular, NovelNetwork event to introduce readers to some of our author members who are eligible to meet with your book club. The participating authors in this event are just a small representation of the many authors who are NovelNetwork™ members!

Through this innovative new program, you and your book club can schedule a meeting with authors, in person or via video chat, in preparation for this exciting event or if you are unable to attend the event! Or, maybe you’ll remember questions after the event that you forgot to ask and need to connect with them to tie up all those loose ends! All this is possible through NovelNetwork™! Click Here for more information and to sign up (it’s FREE for book clubs to register)!

NovelNetwork™ is a global space dedicated to connecting authors with avid readers, an expanded professional network, and published peers.  NovelNetwork™ was created to help authors find more innovative ways to connect with readers and promote their books to wider audiences.

Our Keynote Speaker: Kate Quinn

Kate Quinn is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the runaway bestselling The Alice Network and The Huntress. A native of southern California, she attended Boston University where she earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Classical Voice.

She has written four novels in the Empress of Rome Saga, and two books in the Italian Renaissance, before turning to the 20th century with The Alice Network and The Huntress. All have been translated into multiple languages. Kate and her husband now live in San Diego with two rescue dogs named Caesar and Calpurnia, and her interests include opera, action movies, cooking, and the Boston Red Sox.

Ribbons of Scarlet is a timely story of the power of women to start a revolution—and change the world. Six bestselling and award-winning authors bring to life a breathtaking epic novel illuminating the hopes, desires, and destinies of princesses and peasants, harlots and wives, fanatics and philosophers—six unforgettable women whose paths cross during one of the most tumultuous and transformative events in history: the French Revolution.

Available for book club visits here.

Featured Authors (15 and counting…)

Kelly Bargabos’ award-winning writing has been published in literary journals, anthologies, and new publications. Her writing is accessible, authentic, provocative, and timeless. As a witness to the spectrum of human experience, her words connect, share, shift paradigms, inspire, and ultimately expand our universe.

In her most recent book, Chasing the Merry-Go-Round: Holding on to Hope & Home When the World Moves Too Fast, winner of the 2018 Nautilus Book Award Silver winner and finalist in the National Indie Excellence Awards, Kelly relates the true story of what it’s like to live in a world where you can’t keep up. Bobby was ten months old when her mom and dad rescued him from birth parents who were slowly killing him. He was adopted into their family after a lengthy custody battle. Instead of that settling him, it set off a lifelong struggle to find a place to belong, a place to call home.

Available for book club visits here.


Jeanne Blasberg is the author of Eden, winner of the Beverly Hills Book Awards for Women’s Fiction and finalist for both the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best New Voice in Fiction and the Sarton Women’s Book Award for Historical Fiction.

She is the also founder of the Westerly Memoir Project, board member of the Boston Book Festival, and a student and board member of Grub Street, one of the country’s pre-eminent creative writing centers where she wrote and revised her second novel, The Nine, a coming-of-age novel and a portrait of an evolving mother-son relationship, as the son chooses to expose a corrupt world operating under its own set of rules―even if it means jeopardizing his mother’s hopes and dreams..

Available for book club visits here.



Jennifer Coburn
is a USA Today best selling author of six novels and contributor to four literary anthologies. Over the past two decades, Coburn has received numerous awards from the Press Club and Society for Professional Journalists for articles that appeared in Mothering, Big Apple Baby, The Miami Herald, The San Diego Union-Tribune and dozens of national and regional publications.She has also written for Salon.com, Creators News Syndicate and The Huffington Post.

In her bestselling mother-daughter travel memoir, We’ll Always Have Paris, Coburn, always terrified of dying young, decides to save up and drop everything to travel with her daughter, Katie, on a whirlwind European adventure before it’s too late. Even though her husband can’t join them, even though she’s nervous about the journey, and even though she’s perfectly healthy, Jennifer is determined to jam her daughter’s mental photo album with memories―just in case.

Available for book club visits here.


Kathy Cooperman spent four years performing improvisational comedy, then decided to do something less fun with her life.

After graduating from Yale Law School, she went into criminal law, defending “innocent” (rich) clients. These days, she lives in Del Mar, California, with her husband and four challenging young children. Crimes Against a Book Club is her first novel.




Liz Fenton has written six novels, including The Two Lila Bennetts, with Lisa Steinke, her best friend of over 30 years. In her former life, she worked in the pharmaceutical industry. She resides with their family, five rescue dogs and a very spoiled cat in San Diego, California.

Available for book club visits here.




Michelle Gable is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of A Paris Apartment, I’ll See You in Paris, and The Book of Summer.. Michelle grew up in sunny San Diego and began writing in fourth grade after her parents gave her a book called Someday You’ll Write. She later attended The College of William & Mary and majored in accounting, and pursued work in finance and investment banking before turning her skills to writing.

In her most recent novel, The Summer I Met Jack, while based on a real story, Michelle fictionalizes it as she imagines the affair between John F. Kennedy and Alicia Corning Clark – and the child they may have had.

Available for book club visits here.


Jo Giese
is an award-winning radio journalist, author, teacher, community activist, and global traveler. As a special correspondent Jo was part of the Peabody award-winning team at Marketplace, public radio’s daily business show, and she’s been a contributor to This American Life.

Her non-fiction has appeared in The New York TimesThe Los Angeles TimesThe Los Angeles Review of BooksEuropean Travel & Life, Vogue, and more.

Available for book club visits here.



Jill G. Hall
is author of two historical novels, The Black Velvet Coat, an International Book Award Finalist for Best New Fiction and The Silver Shoes. Her poems have appeared in a variety of publications, including A Year in Ink, The Avocet and Wild Women, Wild Voices. She is a seasoned presenter at seminars, readings, and community events.

In addition to writing, Hall practices yoga, tap dances, and enjoys spending time in nature. On her blog, Crealivity, she shares personal musings about the art of practicing a creative lifestyle.

Available for book club visits here.


Nicole Meier is a native Southern Californian who pulled up rotes and moved to the Pacific Northwest, where she lives with her husband, three children, and one very noses Aussiedoodle. Her debut novel, The House of Bradbury, was chosen as a Best Book of 2016 by Refinery29.

Her latest novel, The Girl Made of Clay, was recently named a Top Book according to Bookbub readers. The Second Chance Supper Club, is forthcoming. Nicole’s works have bee published in The Oregonian, Cascade Journal, Southern Oregon Magazine, Women Writers Women’s Books, Brazen Woman, and more.

Available for book club visits here.


Kimberly K. Robeson
is a Greek-American assistant professor at Los Angeles Valley College where she teaches world literature, creative writing, and composition. She is the co-advisor for the college’s LGBTQIA+ Club.

She has lived in Venezuela, Borneo, and Spain, but grew up in Greece, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and the United States. She received a master’s degree in comparative literature and has taught English in Greece, Peru, and the United States for the past twenty-seven years. She has a voracious appetite for travel, not only to experience new places, but more importantly to hear people’s stories first-hand.

Available for book club visits here.

Ona Russell
is a credentialed mediator and holds a PhD in literature from the University of California, San Diego, where she also taught for many years. She is the author of two previous Sarah Kaufman historical mysteries from Sunstone Press, O’Brien’s Desk and The Natural Selection, the last of which was a finalist in the prestigious California Commonwealth Club Book Awards.

She has been widely published in other venues and is an accomplished public speaker, lecturing particularly on the topic of “literature and the law.”

Available for book club visits here.


Katrin Schumann was born in Germany and grew up in Brooklyn and London—as a consequence, most of my writing explores our search for a sense of belonging, and the struggle to define ourselves in the context of our circumstances. She now lives in Boston and Key West, and am the Program Coordinator of the Key West Literary Seminar and Workshops.

Her work has been featured multiple times on TODAY and in Woman’s DayThe London Times and on NPR, as well as other national and international media. For the past ten years she’s been teaching writing, most recently at GrubStreet and at local prisons through PEN New England.

Available for book club visits here.


Stephanie Storey’s debut novel Oil and Marble is a Los Angeles Times bestseller, was named one of Hudson Booksellers’ Best Books of 2016, and was called “extraordinarily entertaining” by The New York Times.

She has a degree in Fine Arts from Vanderbilt University and attended a PhD program in Art History—before leaving to get her MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College. She has studied art in Italy and been on a pilgrimage to see every Michelangelo on display in Europe.

Available for book club visits here.


Tentative Itinerary

12:30pm…………………… Registration and Check-in

1:00pm……………………… Welcome

1:10-1:40pm……………….. Panel #1

1:45-2:15pm…………………Panel #2

2:15-3:00pm……………….. Opportunity for book shopping, book signings, photo ops, giveaways, and bingo card fun

3:00-4:00pm……………….. Dessert bar and Keynote Speaker

4:00-4:30pm……………….. Panel #3

4:35-5:05pm……………….. Panel #4

5:05-5:30pm……………….. Opportunity for book shopping, book signings, photo ops, giveaways, and bingo card fun

5:30pm………………………. Grand prize giveaway (must be present to win)

About the Library Shop

Special thanks to the Library Shop at the San Diego Central Library for their enthusiastic support of this popular program.


October 13
12:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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San Diego Central Library
330 Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92101 United States


Unlimited available
Books & Bingo Registration$70.00Includes Ribbons of Scarlet