Amy Lisewski
Photo courtesy of Finest City Improv


As KPBS and the San Diego County Library continue to roll out their excellent selections for the program, we at feel every day is a good day to support local writers and authors. This week happens to be a great one to do just that, as two San Diego-based scribes will be promoting recently released books.

First up is Amy Lisewski. Readers may be more familiar with seeing her onstage at Finest City Improv, the North Park-based improv troupe she founded in 2011, but she also moonlights as a motivational speaker and business trainer, using improv fundamentals to improve public speaking and teamwork. Using some of her students' personal stories, she outlines some of these techniques in her new book, Relax. We're All Just Making This Stuff Up!, which works under the premise that improv can help regular folks become more confident and happy by planning less.

"The more and more I would do these types of events and trainings, the more I thought there were people where public speaking was still a huge issue for the them," says Lisewski, who will be discussing and signing copies of the book at Hillcrest Brewing Company (1458 University Ave.) on Wednesday, Aug. 31, at 6 p.m. "This book is for anybody and everybody who's ever thought, 'I could be having a little more fun if I was a little more courageous and creative in my life.'"

For those fully immersed in the election cycle, Carlsbad-based writer Neal Katz will be signing and discussing his book, Outrageous: The Victoria Woodhull Saga, the first volume in a series of historical novels that tells the story of Woodhull, a real-life leader in the women's suffrage movement who ran for President in 1872 (and you thought Hillary was the first one!). It happens at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 25, at the Women's Museum of California (2730 Historic Decatur Road, Suite 103) in Point Loma, and the event also includes a discussion about women presidents and leaders throughout history. Admission is free, but RSVP is recommended at

Treasure Chest Fest
Photo by Green Flash Brewing/Aaron Grossman (GFMarketing)


There are plenty of beer fests out there and just as many with heartfelt charitable angles. Still, the annual Treasure Chest Fest remains close to our heart in more ways than one. Now in its sixth year, the luau-themed fest (break out those Hawaiian shirts) was started by Green Flash Brewing Co. co-founder Lisa Hinkley, a breast cancer survivor. Each year, Green Flash raises funds for local breast cancer charities by offering up tastings of limited edition Green Flash brews and food pairings from local restaurants. The event also includes a vendor village and culinary demos throughout Green Flash's Mira Mesa tasting room (6550 Mira Mesa Blvd.). It all goes down Saturday, Aug. 27, from noon to 5 p.m. and the $50 tickets include all tastings and a commemorative glass.

Bike The Bay
Photo courtesy of the San Diego County Bike Coalition


Being a bicyclist in San Diego, you get pretty used to being told where you can and cannot ride. Still, we yearn for the freedom to go where cars go, unrestrained by restrictive road paint. On Sunday, Aug. 28, at 7 a.m., bikers will ride the figurative white whale of routes: across San Diego's iconic Coronado Bay Bridge as part of the 9th Annual Bike the Bay. The non-competitive, 25-mile route will send bikers over the bridge, through Coronado and into Imperial Beach before looping up through National City and Chula Vista via the newly renovated Bayshore Bikeway. This mostly-flat ride is meant for all skill levels and there are rest stops along the way. And while it costs $65 to participate, there will be a post-ride festival and proceeds benefit the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition.


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