Events: author talks, Foodies 4 Kids, Puppy Prom



The cover of “The Diamond Eye” by Kate Quinn


‘Book Talk’ with best-selling author Kate Quinn will be held virtually on May 19

A discussion about The Diamond Eye, a historical fiction novel based on the story of a real Ukrainian WWII sniper, will be held virtually with the bestselling author at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 19. The discussion is co-sponsored by Connections’ Del Mar Community Page Turners and the Del Mar Branch Library’s Book Talk groups. Kate Quinn, a San Diego County resident whose books have appeared in the New York Times, will be the guest star and will discuss his new book.

Registration is mandatory. Those interested in participating will find the registration link at, or they can call the DMCC office at (858) 792-7565 for assistance.

Quinn is the author of New York Times and USA Today best-selling historical novels. Originally from Southern California, she attended Boston University where she earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in classical voice. She wrote four novels in the Empress of Rome saga and two books on the Italian Renaissance, before turning to the 20th century with The Alice Network, The Huntress, The Rose Code and The Diamond Eye. All have been translated into several languages. Quinn and her husband live in San Diego with three rescue dogs.

Coinneach MacLeod, ‘The Hebridean Baker’ stops on their world tour at ‘Diesel, A Bookstore’ in DM Highlands

“Diesel, A Bookstore” in downtown Del Mar Highlands will host best-selling author Coinneach MacLeod on Wednesday, May 11 at 6:30 p.m.

The event will feature recipes and short stories from the Scottish islands and a cup of tea or two. The best-selling Scottish author shares the Hebridean lifestyle in his first cookbook, The Hebridean Baker. Featuring rustic, old family dishes and classic recipes with a Scottish twist, as the Hebridean baker always says, ‘homemade is always best’.

MacLeod was born and raised on the Isle of Lewis, the northernmost of Scotland’s Outer Hebrides. Inspired by traditional family recipes and local produce, MacLeod rose to fame as the Hebridean Baker on TikTok in 2020. He inspired his followers around the world to cook, forage, learn Gaelic, enjoy a glass or two of whiskey and seek a healthier , simple life. Along with his partner Peter and their Westie pup Seoras, MacLeod’s aim is to bring the best of Scotland’s islands to a global audience.

This is a paid event and places are limited. Reserve a spot with the purchase of a book at

Masks are mandatory to attend. Event address: Diesel, A Bookstore, 12843 E Camino Real Suite 104, Carmel Valley, 92130.

Restaurants team up with Promises2Kids for Foodies 4 Foster Kids

Show you care by dining where it matters throughout May to benefit 3,000 foster children. Promises2Kids has partnered with 37 local restaurants to raise money for foster children in San Diego. The campaign will run throughout May, in celebration of National Foster Care Month.

Each restaurant will nominate selected menu items that will support the Foodies 4 Foster Kids campaign. Funds raised will benefit foster children by bringing together siblings living separately in foster care, helping high school and college students achieve their educational goals, providing birthday gifts, clothing school and opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities, and providing an emergency shelter where children feel safe and cared for.

Promises2Kids helps foster children overcome the challenges of their past and grow into healthy, successful adults. The community is invited to support Promises2Kids by dining or ordering online at participating businesses. The community can also donate online at

For more information on Foodies 4 Foster Kids, including participating restaurants, visit:

Helen Woodward Animal Center will host Puppy Prom

Helen Woodward Animal Center, a Rancho Santa Fe-based nonprofit, will host a Puppy Prom for former adopters, their pets, and all animal lovers from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 14 at Original 40 Brewing Company, 3117 University Ave. in San Diego. The event will feature music, food, drink, vendors, a ballroom costume contest, a bodice-making station, a photo station, special prizes, and the crowning of a king and prince. a prom queen on all fours. Free to attend. Costume contest participants are asked to donate $15 to the Helen Woodward Animal Center. Visit

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