BanderasNews is proud to present a serialized and updated version of Polly G. Vicars' sell-out book, Tales of Retirement in Paradise.
Ahhhh, vacation . . . Vacations provide us with an ocean of free time, time to rest, relax - and catch up on your reading! There's nothing quite like sitting on the beach with a good book, and deciding what to read on vacation is half the fun. If you are looking for some good "beach reading" for your Puerto Vallarta vacation, you've come to the right place!
In Puerto Vallarta there are many bookstores, sidewalk coffee shops and cyber cafes scattered around Old Town, where you can find used books in English for sale and/or exchange. "Page In the Sun," across the street from Lazaro Cardenas Park, has a good selection, "The Book Store" on Carranza offers newly released English books and magazines, and the Los Mangos Public Library on the road to Pitillal has a nice English-language section plus quite a few magazines and newspapers.
If you are staying in Nuevo Vallarta, stop by NVBookstore on the second floor of the Paradise Plaza Shopping Center for Best Sellers and newly released books in English.
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Ed Schwartz: 'I Stole a Book'
I stole a book. It was the only thing I ever stole in my life and it happened over 20 years ago. And I didn't steal this book lightly. I felt very guilty about it. Please don't condemn me as a thief until you read the reason why I had to commit this literary crime.
James R. Callan to Speak at PV Writers' Conference
James R. Callan, author of a dozen books, will present a dynamic workshop on how to write novel dialog at the Puerto Vallarta International Writers' Conference. Now in its 9th year, the conference will be held at the city's public library, Biblioteca Los Mangos, March 6-8, 2015.
PV Writers Conference: Writing for the Digital Age
The rules of writing have changed, Texas author Caleb Pirtle plans to tell participants at the upcoming Puerto Vallarta Writers' Conference, and success will only come by embracing the digital age. Pirtle, author of more than 55 books, will be keynote speaker at the March 6-8 conference.
9th Vallarta Writers Conference to Offer Tweeting Tips
If you have written a book and you want to sell it, empowerment writer Donna Dahl will be providing a social media marketing formula at the 9th Puerto Vallarta International Writers' Conference, scheduled to be held March 6-8, 2015 at Biblioteca Los Mangos.
Mexican Writer Creates First Comic Book in Braille
The first Mexican comic book in Braille was released this past December. The brilliantly elucidated comic was published in order to approach Mexico's 1.2 million citizens who are visually impaired, as well as to raise awareness among the visually able population.
Second Edition Puerto Vallarta Guidebooks Have Arrived!
The Second Editions of two popular guidebooks by local author Sandra Cesca have arrived from the printers! 'Walking Puerto Vallarta and beyond' has been updated to 150 pages of full-color photos, and 'Tropical Plants and Walks of Puerto Vallarta' has been updated to include new plants.
Ninth Puerto Vallarta Writers' Conference, March 6-8th
If there is a book inside you bursting to get out, the ninth Puerto Vallarta Writers' Conference will be the place to release it. Scheduled to be held March 6-8 at Biblioteca Los Mangos, the conference will concentrate on helping writers get their ideas from their brain to the printed page.
Bisexual Dracula the Star of 'The Sultan's Boy'
Teresa E. Preski
Alex Gomez has written a dangerous book. Dangerous because when you read 'The Sultan's Boy,' you'll run the risk of falling in love with it. Dangerous because its main character is a Dracula, but a beautiful, bisexual Dracula, or Radu, Vlad the Impaler's youngest brother.
Dr. Leslie Korn's New Book: 'Medicinas de la Selva'
Dr. Leslie Korn's new bilingual book, 'Medicines from the Jungle/Medicinas de la Selva,' is now available as an eBook for iPad or hard copy at the Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens. This full-color book was written in collaboration with her friends & colleagues in Yelapa, Cabo Corrientes.
Guadalajara International Book Fair Starts Nov. 30
Three Nobel prize winners from Israel including President Shimon Peres will attend the 2013 Guadalajara International Book Fair. As the guest nation of honor the Israelis will introduce audiences to a delegation of writers, academics, and musicians from the Jewish State.
'Whiskers, Tails & Wings' Animal Folktales from Mexico
'Whiskers, Tails & Wings' is a must read fantasy adventure containing gorgeous paintings you'll want to frame on your walls. It takes animal folktales from five indigenous groups from Mexico and tells each story in a way that makes you feel like you've known it all your life.
Knock Until the Dog Barks: Adventure in Puerto Vallarta
Banderas News Team
D.E. Brobst, the director of K-12/Secondary Teacher Interns for the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University in Minnesota, recently released his first novel, 'Knock Until the Dog Barks: An Adventure in Puerto Vallarta,' which is set in PV's Romantic Zone.
Women on Vacation Prefer Cozying Up with Books Over Men
Travel and Tour World
Men and women have different notions of what makes a vacation truly relaxing. According to Princess Cruises' 4th annual Relaxation Report, almost one in four women would rather read more, whereas 34 percent of men would rather have more sex on vacation than at home.
Less Than 12% of Mexicans Spend Free Time Reading
Out of 108 nations on UNESCO's index of reading, Mexico ranks second to last. According to the National Reading Survey of 2012, 41 percent of the country's population spends their free time watching television and 48 percent say they have never even been to a library.
RD Lyons' New Book, 'Ice Fire' Climbs Charts
On book stands everywhere, including major airports, the explosive debut thriller by Puerto Vallarta author David Lyons is climbing the charts. 'Ice Fire' is the first in a new series starring Jock Boucher, a renegade federal judge who takes justice into his own hands.
New Spanish Translation of Book on Autism Offers Hope
A special education teacher of autistic children has launched a Spanish edition of her book, 'Hope As a Mother's Savior: Children with Autism Inspire!', for National Autism Awareness Month. The book was translated to offer Hispanics parents case studies and resources.
Program Hints for the 2013 PV Writers’ Conference
The successful writers speaking at the 8th annual 'PV Writers Conference' would like to offer some hints about what to expect...selling the product will get as much attention as creating it and presenters at the event will be emphasizing networking and social media.
Leading Vallarta Interior Designer Offers Free e-book
One of Banderas Bay's leading interior designers, Umberto Ciccolella of Umberto Interior Design Studio, has unveiled a free, downloadable e-book chock-full of home decorating and design tidbits, plus a bonus chapter featuring Puerto Vallarta home trends for 2013.
Gil Gevins Book Signing Party December 20
Gil Gevins will be signing 'Slime and Punishment' (a tale of middle-aged lust gone horribly wrong), at a book signing party at Lucy's Cucu Cabańa on Thursday, December 20th from 6 to 9 pm. Lucy's is located at 295 Basilio Badillo, on the South side of Puerto Vallarta.
Long Time Resident Dr. Leslie Korn Publishes 2nd Book
Long time resident Leslie Korn has published her 2nd book, 'Rhythms of Recovery: Trauma, Nature and the Body.' Influenced by her 25 years of work in the Banderas Bay region, the book provides a comprehensive approach to the treatment of traumatic stress using natural medicine.
A Different Spin on the Mayan Calendar Prediction
Hank A. Muffett
As we approach the long-awaited end of the Mayan long count calendar many people are feeling anxious. All of the latest thoughts and theories maintain that this is not the end of the world or human existence, but a major change in the way we think and behave.
World's Second Largest Book Fair in Guadalajara
Hundreds of authors from all over the world will be attending the 26th Guadalajara International Book Fair this week. The event is the largest in the Spanish speaking world and the second largest in the entire world with authors from over 40 countries being represented.
Author Gil Gevins Book Signing Party
Banderas News Team
PV's favorite author, Gil Gevins, has been delighting readers for 25 years. Widely praised for his best-selling anthology, 'Puerto Vallarta on 49 Brain Cells a Day,' Gevins has recently published his first novel, 'Slime and Punishment.' It's by far his funniest work yet!
First, Your Shoes; Next, Your DNA: Elliot Cohen on How Surveillance is Erasing Freedom and Autonomy, Step by Incremental Step
Elliot Cohen's reputation for prescient reporting precedes his new book, "Mass Surveillance and State Control: The Total Information Awareness Project."
Understanding Empire in Latin America
In Empire’s Workshop Greg Grandin makes connections between the work of the US empire across decades and presidencies, and in Fordlandia, he tells the epic tale of an American businessman who failed to successfully apply his version of capitalism in the Amazon.
The "Family" - Who Really Is Behind This Secret Organization?
What if someone were to tell you that your Congressman routinely bandies around phrases such as "Jesus plus nothing," used to mean the complete rule of Jesus, and compares the desired reach to that of Hitler or Ho Chi Minh? If this makes you at all apprehensive, then Jeff Sharlet's "C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy" is a must-read.
Calling All Writers! PV Writer's Conference Hosts Big Names, Feb 25-27
The Puerto Vallarta Writers Group will hold its 6th annual Puerto Vallarta Writer's Conference at Los Mangos Library, Feb. 25th-27th, with a stellar line-up of best-selling authors, publishing experts and writing professionals prepared to share their secrets, boost your confidence and launch you on your own trajectory toward literary fame/notoriety.
Assange Nets $1.5 Million Book Deal
With Julian Assange's 15 minutes of fame threatening to cut into royalty revenues, the Wikileaks founder has, for better or worse, decided to monetize on his recent fame.
Canada - A Good Place for Swindlers
The Real News Network
Al Rosen, author of 'Swindlers' says Canada worse than US for protecting investor rights.
Puerto Vallarta Writers Conference
Douglas Allen Danielson
What could be more exciting than attending a conference in beautiful Puerto Vallarta, Mexico? If you want to improve writing skills and learn how to get paid for what you create; then this conference is for you.
Iceberg Economies and Shadow Selves - Further Adventures in the Territories of Hope
Note: As the year ends, I thought I’d share an upbeat and hopeful message with you. I often rail against the political and economic policies of government and society, but there is another side. I hope you find the following essay by Rebecca Solnit to be uplifting.
Taking on Reality TV With Jennifer Pozner
Anne Elizabeth Moore
"Reality Bites Back," a new book on the phenomenon of unscripted television programming from feminist media critic Jennifer Pozner, distills into 386 pages an entire decade full of the cheapest, sleaziest TV shows in history.
Biblioteca Los Mangos Auction Fundraiser
Every year, Biblioteca Los Mangos holds its biggest fundraiser of the year with the 'Subasta' (auction.) This year, the date is January 28, 2011, and it promises to be the biggest and best ever, so be sure to mark your calendars and plan to attend.
Disaster on the Horizon: High Stakes, High Risks, and the Story Behind the Deepwater Well Blowout
As an insider, I believe I have a unique perspective on the oil and gas industry culture and how it contributed to the BP disaster. This book will examine the factors, both mechanical and human, that led up the blowout and subsequent oil spill.
Book Review - Outside the Logic of the State: Dancing with Dynamite in Latin America
If you were delighted that Hollywood finally took the new political turns of South America seriously, but were disappointed that Oliver Stone, in “South of the Border,” offered only the standard fare of “superstars” in a tired and untrue narrative of “Big Men Make History,” then you should read Ben Dangl’s “Dancing with Dynamite: Social Movements and States in Latin America.”
The Key to 2012: Can President Obama Rally His Organizers?
Brave New Conversations
Ari Berman, contributing writer for The Nation magazine and an Investigative Journalism Fellow at The Nation Institute, came by Brave New Studios to discuss the release of his first book, Herding Donkeys: The Fight to Rebuild the Democratic Party and Reshape American Politics.
American Women Made Amazing Strides In the Past Fifty Years, New Book Says
In the comparatively short span since, American women have made astonishing progress, from legal secretaries to lawyers, from nurses to doctors; from kitchen menials to astronauts, and from USO hostesses to front-line warriors. Their dramatic story is charted in the new book by New York Times columnist Gail Collins.
Pope Benedict Endorses Condom Use — for Male Prostitutes Only
Pope Benedict XVI says in a new book that condoms can be justified for male prostitutes seeking to stop the spread of HIV, a stunning comment for a church criticized for its opposition to condoms and for a pontiff who has blamed them for making the AIDS crisis worse.