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D.G.Wills Books

7461 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, Ca. 92037 (858)456-1800
HOURS: Monday-Saturday 10am-7pm; Sunday 11am-5pm
La Jolla's largest collection of new and used scholarly books; and home of the La Jolla Cultural Society.

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Visit the D.G.Wills Books YouTube Channel, featuring past appearances by Norman Mailer, Gore Vidal, Maureen Dowd, Freeman Dyson, Allen Ginsberg, Christopher Hitchens, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Gary Snyder, Michael McClure, Billy Collins, Iris Chang, Patricia Neal with Stephen Michael Shearer, Edward Albee, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, and Oliver Stone. 
 
D.G.Wills Books events on Book TV, C-SPAN:
Professor Yunte Huang discussing his book Charlie Chan.
Journalist Dave Zirin discusses his book  Welcome to the Terrordome.
 
D.G.Wills Books events  on UCSD TV:
Professor Robert Polito and Patricia Patterson discussing
Professor Andrew Feenberg discussing his collection The Essential Marcuse.
 
 
D.G.Wills Books events on TSN: THE SCIENCE NETWORK:
Professor V.S. Ramachandran dicusses his book The Tell Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human. 

Professor Lawrence M. Krauss discusses his book Quantum Man: Richard Feynman's Life In Science.

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Upcoming Events
 

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Emmy-nominated television producer
 ANDY FRIENDLY
 will discuss his new memoir
WILLING TO BE LUCKY:
Adventures in Life and Television

Sunday, November 19, 2PM

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Andy Friendly takes readers behind the scenes of the TV and movie business, beginning with his iconic father Fred Friendly’s pioneering work in television news with the legendary Edward R. Murrow, through the extraordinary film and television career of his wife, Golden Globe-winning actress Pat Crowley, as well as Andy’s own dramatic and at times hilarious adventures working with many of the most talented names in the business: from Richard Pryor, George Clooney, Jimmy Cagney, and Paul McCartney to news and talk legends Tom Snyder, Tim Russert, Dan Rather, Oprah Winfrey, and Vin Scully, among dozens of other top stars. Along the way he shares moving stories of family and friendship, with unique strategies for surviving and prospering in the rough-and tumble world of film and television.

In chronicling his own remarkable career in television, including producing shows for talk show icons Tom Snyder and Tim Russert, Andy Friendly delights us with wise, revealing, and often witty tales about these and other television greats. Most of all, he speaks about his devotion to family with a graciousness and passion that is profound and inspiring.” 
 Robert Hilburn, best-selling author of biographies on Paul Simon and Johnny Cash and award-winning Los Angeles Times critic.

"Andy Friendly has given us a remarkable inside history of the television industry. He has generously shared a perspective that few have, and in doing so written a must-read book." -- Elizabeth Daley, dean of USC School of Cinematic Arts

Andy Friendly is an Emmy nominated producer, writer, director and programming executive who has worked with television legends Tom Snyder, Tim Russert, Richard Pryor, Whoopi Goldberg, Dan Rather, and dozens more. He is currently on the board of councilors of The USC Shoah Foundation and is a past President and current board member of The Saban Community Clinic and the Hollywood Radio & Television Society. He has taught as an adjunct professor at his alma mater, the USC School of Cinematic Arts. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, the actress Pat Crowley and their family

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Award-winning journalist and Pulitzer Prize nominee
FRED DICKEY
reads from and discusses his new book
STORIES WITH FACES:
The Tightrope Lives
 of Next-Door People


Sunday, January 28, 2pm



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Dickey’s topics of over 30 inspiring or colorful lives include a barrio girl who elevated herself with help of a prize-winning steer at the county fair; a 19th century eccentric who crowned himself emperor of the United States and protector of Mexico; and a good woman who faces life after her husband is convicted of murder.

 

“Wow. That was an amazing story—beautifully, beautifully told. Took my breath away at the end. Very artfully done. Bravo.”-- Syndicated columnist Kathleen Parker, The Washington Post

“Written in Dickey’s engaging style…fantastic package. World class journalism.” --Judge’s comment for Society of Professional Journalists

Fred Dickey is the author of the popular and award-winning column “The Way We Are” in The San Diego Union Tribune from 2012-2017. Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Journalism, his numerous essays have appeared in The Los Angeles Times Magazine, Chicago Tribune Magazine, American History Magazine, San Diego Magazine and many other journals and magazines.  He has also served as Sunday Editor, the San Jose Mercury News; Executive Editor, The Anchorage Times; Editor, the Oakland Tribune; and as an editorial manager of the San Diego Union.  He is a former president of the American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors, and a former President of the Alaska Press Association.

 

Previous Events at D.G.Wills Books

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Christopher Hitchens

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Director Oliver Stone

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Historian and Churchill biographer Sir Martin Gilbert

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Francoise Gilot

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Vogue magazine photo of Francoise Gilot at the original store

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Michael McClure

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Yevgeny Yevtushenko

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Nobel Laureate Gerald Edelman, Director of the Neurosciences Institute, with U.C. Berkeley philosopher John Searle with Mrs. Searle

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Nobel Laureate Manfred Eigen

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Quincy Troupe

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Iris Chang

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Gerry Spence

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Noted editor Robert Weil, editing a Patricia Highsmith manuscript for W.W. Norton & Co.

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Loeb Classical Library and Western Philosophy wall

Previous Events at D.G.Wills Books 

NORMAN MAILER, l995

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Ted Burke, Norman Mailer, Dennis Wills

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Allen Ginsberg, l994

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The New York Times Pulitzer Prize Columnist Maureen Dowd

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Jill Abramson, Executive Editor, The New York Times, with Maureen Dowd

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Billy Collins, Poet Laureate of the United States, 2001-2003

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Lawrence Ferlinghetti

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Gore Vidal, November 2005

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Gore Vidal with Professor Dennis Altman

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Gore Vidal, March l998, with noted South African playwright Athol Fugard in audience

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Nobel Laureate Francis Crick, February 1995

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James D. Watson and Francis Crick with their model of the DNA molecule, the Double Helix, at Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge University, l953

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Nobel Laureate James D. Watson, September 2007

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Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott

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Nobel Laureate Kary Mullis

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Three & One-Half Time Pulitzer Prize Playwright Edward Albee

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Pulitzer Prize Poet Gary Snyder

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Pulitzer Prize poet Gary Snyder

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Oscar-Winning Actress Patricia Neal with her biographer Stephen Michael Shearer

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Patricia Neal holding a model of "Gort" from the science fiction film classic "The Day the Earth Stood Still"

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Richard C. Atkinson, President Emeritus of the University of California, former UCSD Chancellor and former Director of the National Science Foundation

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Renowned scientist Freeman Dyson 

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Freeman Dyson with Mrs. Dyson

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A visit from Oscar Nominated and Emmy Award Winning Actor Paul Giamatti

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A visit from Jim Belushi, 2003

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Jim Belushi at the original store, l988

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Claude Picasso and Francoise Gilot

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D.G.Wills Books
7461 Girard Avenue, La Jolla
(858) 456-1800