CA – Cottons Signing

Writer Jim Pascoe and illustrator Heidi Arnhold appear at Mysterious Galaxy Books on Friday, July 6th at 7:30 PM to sign their new graphic novel COTTONS: THE SECRET OF THE WIND.

Jim Pascoe is a writer, designer, and an award-winning creative director. His comics credits include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Hellboy Animated, and the original series Undertown. He lives in Los Angeles, where he drinks coffee, sleeps very little, and believes in magic.

Heidi Arnhold is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design whose published works have involved popular franchises like Star Trek, The Dark Crystal, and Fraggle Rock. The art in Cottons is powered by Heidi’s love for visual storytelling, all rabbits, and kale smoothies.

This event is free and seating is first come, first serve. To get a book signed during one of our events, a copy of the event book must be purchased through Mysterious Galaxy. Event purchases through Mysterious Galaxy not only keeps our bookstore doors open, but also makes author signings possible.

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5943 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, CA 92111
858-268-4747

CA – The Skaar Invasion Signing

Author Terry Brooks appears at Mysterious Galaxy Books on Thursday, June 28th at 7:00 PM to sign his new Shannara novel, THE SKAAR INVASION, Book 2 of The Fall of Shannara!

**THIS IS A TICKETED EVENT. For ticket details, see our website.**

Following The Black Elfstone, The Skaar Invasion is the second book of the epic four-part conclusion to the Shannara series from one of the acknowledged masters of the fantasy genre.

The Four Lands are under siege. Wielding a magical ability virtually impossible to combat, mysterious invaders defeat the most fearsome Troll armies, then focus their savagery on the Druid order–and all hope seems lost.

Eventually the invaders reveal a more human face, but understanding their motives in no way mitigates the brutality of their actions. Dar Leah, once the High Druid’s Blade, has crossed paths–and swords–with their ruthless leader before. So he knows that if any hope exists, it rests in the hands of the Druid Drisker Arc, now trapped inside vanished Paranor.

As Drisker races to find the ancient knowledge that could free him, Dar goes in search of Tarsha Kaynin, the young woman blessed with the powerful gift of the wishsong, whose magic could draw Drisker back into the world of the living. But little do they know that what appeared to be a formidable invading force may only be the forerunner of a much larger army–one intent on nothing less than total conquest.

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5943 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, CA 92111
858-268-4747

CA – It’s Your Universe Signing

Ashley Eckstein, actress and creator of the hit brand Her Universe, appears at Mysterious Galaxy Books on Wednesday, May 16th at 6:00 PM to sign her new book.

About IT’S YOUR UNIVERSE:

Ashley Eckstein grew up inspired by all things Disney. She launched Her Universe, an apparel company catering to fan girls, which has become a preferred partner for Disney and their girl power initiative.

In IT’S YOUR UNIVERSE, Ashley shares her own life lessons, as well as lessons from iconic Disney characters, as a way to inspire girls to create big dreams and work to make them a reality.

Ashley tells her story of being a little girl dreaming of being on a Disney stage, voicing the first female Jedi, Ahsoka Tano, and starting Her Universe, a blockbuster clothing line and community for fangirls.

With prompts for journal entries and quotes from iconic Disney characters, Ashley shows how princesses, Jedi, and superheroes were great role models for choosing her own path.

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5943 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, CA 92111
858-268-4747

CA – Running Wild Anthology of Stories Vol. 2 Signing

Author Jonathan Maberry and actress/writer Tori Eldridge (The Love Boat, Cats, Final Fantasy: Spirits Within) appear at Mysterious Galaxy Books on Friday, April 13th at 7:30 PM to discuss character, voice, and the art of performance reading. The conversation will be followed by a special performance of one of Tori’s short stories and book signings for Jonathan’s new book, Glimpse, and Tori’s new Running Wild Anthology of Stories, Volume 2. Other books by Jonathan will be available for purchase as well as Tori’s Never Fear: The Tarot and Never Fear: The Apocalypse anthologies.

Editor Lisa Kastner and writers Tone Milazzo and Lexis Parker will also be on hand to sign the Running Wild Anthology of Stories, Volume 2. Tori, Lexis, and Tone are members of The Writers Coffeehouse, founded by Jonathan Maberry. Come and support our writer community!

RUNNING WILD ANTHOLOGY OF STORIES, VOLUME 2

Includes over twenty stories that will make your heart race, make you joyful, fearful, thrilled, inspired, and horrified. Tori’s story, Life After Breath, is a supernatural underwater suspense set along the eerie Malibu coast. Love, loss, horror, redemption: Anything can happen when the fog rolls in!

The stories span oceans, starscapes, lifetimes, and generations. The team even threw in a fun-loving Pirate tale that ends in the fashion of Shakespeare’s time. Each one will make your imagination run wild Featuring authors include: Gemma L. Brook, Lorna Walsh, Jasmine Wade, Laura Nelson Selinsky, Carol Dowd-Forte, Tone Milazzo, Julie Doherty, Tori Eldridge, Ken MacGregor, Nick Mazzuca, Andrew Adams, Susan Helene Gottfried, Amelia Kibbie, Lexis Parker, Rebecca House, Elan Barnehama, Gary Zenker, Suzanne Grieco Mattaboni, Joe Nasta, Cindy Cavett. Authors from across the United States and Canada are featured in this eclectic collection.

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858-268-4747

CA – Herding Cats Signing

Cartoonist Sarah Andersen, creator of the webcomic Sarah’s Scribbles, appears at Mysterious Galaxy Books on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 7:00 PM to sign her latest collection HERDING CATS! Tickets for this event are available at the link…

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CA – Cecil Castellucci & Sally J. Pla Signing

Press Release:

Mysterious Galaxy is happy to host writers Cecil Castellucci and Sally Pla on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 7:00 PM for their new releases, Don’t Cosplay with My Heart and Stanley Will Probably Be Fine! We will be transforming the store into a mini comics & cosplay celebration for the evening. Cosplay, costumes, and general geekery strongly encouraged!

In Don’t Cosplay with My Heart, Edan Kupferman loves escaping into cosplay as her favorite character, Gargantua – especially when her real life is a mess. When a boy at school gets her into her element at ComicCon, she begins to learn how to be her own hero.

Cecil has written several young adult books and graphic novels, including The Plain Janes, Soupy Leaves Home, and Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure. In addition to writing, she is the Children’s Correspondence Coordinator for The Rumpus and the founding YA Editor at the LA Review of Books. She currently resides in Los Angeles.

In Stanley Will Probably Be Fine, a young boy escapes into comics when he gets overwhelmed by the world around him. He invents his own superhero, John Lockdown, and with his help tackles a scavenger hunt through downtown San Diego to overcome his fears. School Library Journal praises it as “an excellent addition to promote social-emotional learning.”

Sally’s previous work includes The Someday Birds and Benji, The Bad Day, and Me. She is a prolific traveler and an advocate for neurodiversity. She currently lives in Southern California with her family and giant goldendoodle pup.

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CA – Hellbent Signing

Writer Gregg Hurwitz appears at Mysterious Galaxy Books on Saturday, February 24, 2017 at 5:00 PM to sign his latest thriller HELLBENT!

Evan Smoak–government assassin gone rogue–returns in Hellbent, an engrossing, unputdownable thriller from Gregg Hurwitz, the latest in his #1 international bestselling Orphan X series.

Taken from a group home at age twelve, Evan Smoak was raised and trained as an off-the-books government assassin: Orphan X. After he broke with the Orphan Program, Evan disappeared and reinvented himself as the Nowhere Man, a man spoken about only in whispers and dedicated to helping the truly desperate. This time though, the voice on the other end is Jack Johns, the man who raised and trained him, the only father Evan has ever known. Secret government forces are busy trying to scrub the remaining assets and traces of the Orphan Program and they have finally tracked down Jack. With little time remaining, Jack gives Evan his last assignment: find and protect his last protege and recruit for the program, but Evan isn’t the only one after this last Orphan. The new head of the Orphan Program, Van Sciver, is mustering all the assets at his disposal to take out both Evan (Orphan X) and the target he is trying to protect.

Gregg Hurwitz is the New York Times bestselling author of more than fifteen novels, including The Nowhere Man. His novels have been shortlisted for numerous literary awards, graced top ten lists, and have been published in 30 languages. He is also a New York Times bestselling comic book writer, having penned stories for Marvel and DC. Additionally, he’s written screenplays for many of the major studios, and written, developed, and produced television for various networks. Gregg resides in Los Angeles.

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5943 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, CA 92111
858-268-4747

CA – Child of a Mad God Release Party

Author R.A. Salvatore appears at Mysterious Galaxy Books on Friday, February 9, 2018 at 7:30 PM for the release of Child of a Mad God, the first in a new series!

Aoleyn, a powerful witch born under the Blood Moon, is trapped by her tribe’s barbaric traditions. She dreams of freedom, but her abilities make her a target – not only of the tribe’s warlord, but also of the mountain demon who hunts all who wield the power of the Coven.

Bob began writing fantasy in college after being given a copy of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, and began writing in earnest in the late 80s. His other work includes the Icewind Dale Trilogy, the Dark Elf Trilogy, Paths of Darkness, and the Cleric Quintet.

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858-268-4747

CA – Miles Morales: Spider-Man Signing

Author Jason Reynolds appears at Mysterious Galaxy Books on Monday, August 1st at 6:00 PM to present his new Miles Morales: Spider-Man novel.

Miles Morales is just your average teenager. Dinner every Sunday with his parents, chilling out playing old-school video games with his best friend, Ganke, crushing on brainy, beautiful poet Alicia. He’s even got a scholarship spot at the prestigious Brooklyn Visions Academy. Oh yeah, and he’s Spider-Man.

But lately, Miles’s spidey-sense has been on the fritz. When a misunderstanding leads to his suspension from school, Miles begins to question his abilities. After all, his dad and uncle were Brooklyn jack-boys with criminal records. Maybe kids like Miles aren’t meant to be superheroes. Maybe Miles should take his dad’s advice and focus on saving himself.

As Miles tries to get his school life back on track, he can’t shake the vivid nightmares that continue to haunt him. Nor can he avoid the relentless buzz of his spidey-sense every day in history class, amidst his teacher’s lectures on the historical “benefits” of slavery and the importance of the modern-day prison system. But after his scholarship is threatened, Miles uncovers a chilling plot, one that puts his friends, his neighborhood, and himself at risk.

It’s time for Miles to suit up.

About the author:
JASON REYNOLDS is the author of the critically acclaimed When I Was the Greatest, for which he was the recipient of the Coretta Scott King / John Steptoe Award for New Talent; the Coretta Scott King Honor books The Boy in the Black Suit and All American Boys (co-written with Brendan Kiely); As Brave As You, his middle grade debut; and National Book Award finalist Ghost, the first in a four-book series about kids on an elite track team. Jason recently moved to Washington, DC, but before that spent many years in Miles Morales’s very own Brooklyn, New York.

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5943 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, CA 92111
858-268-4747

CA – An Evening with Alan Alda

Actor Alan Alda presents his new book at the Norman P. Murray Community Center on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 6:00 PM.

Writers Present: Alan Alda General admission tickets include one pre-signed 1st edition hardcover of If I Understood You, Would I have This Look on My Face?, 1 admission. Seating is first-come first-served beginning at 5:15 pm. The cost is $32.00. Tickets available at the link…

In addition there are a limited number of tickets available for a VIP Meet & Greet Reception following Mr. Alda’s program, hosted by the Friends of the Mission Viejo Library. Your VIP Ticket includes one pre-signed 1st edition hardcover of If I Understood You, Would I have This Look on My Face?, 1 admission to the program, seating is first-come first-served beginning at 5:15 pm. Followed by a VIP reception with light refreshments.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mission Viejo Library & Mysterious Galaxy Books

About Emmy-Winning Actor Alan Alda (M*A*S*H)
From iconic actor and bestselling author Alan Alda, If I Understood You, Would I have This Look on My Face? is an indispensable guide to communicating better based on his experience with acting, improv, science, and storytelling

The acclaimed actor shares fascinating and powerful lessons from the art and science of communication, and teaches readers to improve the way they relate to others using improv games, storytelling, and their own innate ability to read whats probably going on in the minds of others. With his trademark humor and frankness, Alan Alda explains what makes the out-of-the-box techniques he developed after his years as the host of Scientific American Frontiers so effective. This book reveals what it means to be a true communicator, and how we can communicate better, in every aspect of our lives with our friends, lovers, and families, with our doctors, in business settings, and beyond.

One of America’s most beloved TV stars, Alan Alda is best known for portraying Captain “Hawkeye” Pierce on M*A*S*H. Over his 40-year career, the Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actor, has also directed and penned bestsellers. Now, Alda comes to the Norman Murray Community Center to introduce his latest book, If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?: My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating, which draws on his years of experience with acting, improv, science advocacy and storytelling.

This 20th Anniversary of the Mission Viejo Library event is sponsored by the Friends of the Mission Viejo Library and our host bookseller is Mysterious Galaxy Books.

Alan Alda has earned international recognition as an actor, writer, and director. He has won seven Emmy Awards, received three Tony nominations, is an inductee of the Television Hall of Fame, and was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in The Aviator. Alda played Hawkeye Pierce on the classic television series M*A*S*H, and his films include Crimes and Misdemeanors, Everyone Says I Love You, Manhattan Murder Mystery, Bridge of Spies, and many more. Alda is an active member of the science community, having hosted the award-winning series Scientific American Frontiers for eleven years and founded the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University. Alda is the author of two bestselling books, Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: And Other Things I’ve Learned and Things I Overheard While Talking To Myself.

Norman P. Murray Community Center
24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo, CA 92692

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