Even if you’re not a nonstop reader, chances are you’ll set aside a few quiet hours to dip into a book this summer, and our Summer Reading Issue is designed to get you in the mood. Start off with excerpts from Tom Kendrick’s captivating memoir Bluewater Gold Rush, which chronicles the action-packed rise and fall of the Santa Barbara sea urchin industry. Turn to page 29 for an introduction to Holocaust survivor Nina Morecki and the UCSB grad who wrote a book about her. We’ve also included an interview with area poet and Guggenheim Fellowship recipient Christopher Buckley, a tribute to the city’s outgoing Poet Laureate, Barry Spacks, and a survey of new nonfiction just hitting the shelves. We have also got summer reading lists from some celebrated authors who call Santa Barbara home, including T.C. Boyle, Pico Iyer, and our very own Nick Welsh.

• Click on the links below to get started.

• Sea Tales – Excerpts from Tom Kendrick’s Bluewater Gold Rush

• What Writers Read – Regional Writers Share Their Summer Reading Lists

• Enduring History – Santa Barbara Author Colette Waddell Sees History Through the Eyes of a Survivor

• A Year of Reading – Poet Christopher Buckley Wins Guggenheim after 20 Years of Trying

• Poetry Matters – In Honor of Barry Spacks, Poet Laureate Emeritus, 2005-07

• Hot Off the Press – A Round-Up Review of New Books


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