The bird is (still) the word(nerd)

By Kit-Bacon Gressitt

Upstart Crow Bookstore & Coffee House, a 25-plus-year fixture in San Diego’s Seaport Village, announced on Dec. 5 its planned closure by the end of that month. It was going the way of countless small independents before it, succumbing to the book sales behemoth,, and a national coffeehouse chain that had opened across the street two years before.

Upstart Crow store manager, Judith Calleros, captured the store’s situation in one sentence: “People would come in with Starbucks cups in their hands, look at our books and buy nothing.”

Here come the brides

Posted: January 2nd, 2015 | Arts & Entertainment, Books, Features, Top Story | No Comments

Downtown living inspires romantic novel

By Alex Owens

Downtown San Diego can be very romantic and two local authors are proving it with a romance novel set in the area.

Susan Chan and Carol Polakoff are the authors of “The Reluctant Brides of Lily Court Lane,” a new book about the loves and lives of four women who live in Downtown on a fictional street called Lily Court Lane.