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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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South Carolina poet
 Gary Jackson
will read from his book
Missing You,
 Metropolis
 selected and
 with an Introduction
 by Yusef Komunyakaa
,
 Saturday, July 22nd, 7pm

Image resultWith humor and the serious collector’s delight, Gary Jackson imagines the comic-book worlds of Superman, Batman, and the X-Men alongside the veritable worlds of Kansas, racial isolation, and the gravesides of a sister and a friend.


Jackson integrates the comic-book world of superheroes like Spider-Man and Batman into his world as a black adolescent in Kansas.  The finale is gentle, almost anticlimactic, as he recalls how his superheroes let him ‘inhabit a world a page removed from our own,’ hinting at the grace of (temporary) escapism.”—San Francisco Chronicle


Gary Jackson is the author of the poetry collection Missing You, Metropolis, which received the 2009 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. He is featured on 2013’s “New American Poets” by the Poetry Society of America, and his poems have appeared in Callaloo, Tin House, 32 Poems, Crab Orchard Review, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of both a Cave Canem and Bread Loaf fellowship, and an associate poetry editor at Crazyhorse. He teaches poetry in the MFA program at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina.

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FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT''S
LEGACY IN SAN DIEGO:
THE TALIESIN APPRENTICES

Sunday, July 30, 2PM


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Noted architectural historian Keith York will discuss and show slides of Frank Lloyd Wright’s impact on San Diego architecture – joined by Wright Apprentice Bill Slatton. Though urban legends persist to the contrary, Frank Lloyd Wright did not build a project in San Diego County. What does exist here are buildings by Wright’s sons, his apprentices and disciples, who moved to the region and spread his ideals across a number of projects from the 1940s on.

As a follow-on to the highly successful exhibition at La Jolla Historical Society, ‘Frank Lloyd Wright’s Legacy in San Diego: The Taliesin Apprentices’, curator and historian Keith York will interview Wright apprentice Bill Slatton and share the history of Wright’s influence in San Diego. Prior to his passing in 1959, Frank Lloyd Wright shared his architectural ideals with his sons Lloyd Wright & John Lloyd Wright and apprentices Sim Bruce Richards, Loch Crane, Frederick Liebhardt, Vincent Bonini and Bill Slatton – all of whom moved to San Diego and designed an array of projects for clients throughout the region. Slatton worked with Wright between 1956-59, then moved to San Diego where he would collaborate with locals like Kendrick Bangs Kellogg, James Hubbell, Harold Abrams, Leonard Veitzer, William Lumpkins, Loch Crane, Lloyd Ruocco, Homer Delawie and Frederick Liebhardt.

Keith York has published regularly on the San Diego’s post-World War II modernist architecture, art, design and craft at modernsandiego.com. Recognized for his restoration of Craig Ellwood’s Bobertz House (1953-55), York’s most recent project, an exhibition for the La Jolla Historical Society The Taliesin Architects of San Diego: The Legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright, brought the largest audience in history to the downtown La Jolla gallery. Mr. York is currently writing a biography of Wright apprentice Sim Bruce Richards, chronicling Craig Ellwood’s furniture designs for a forthcoming book, Craig Ellwood: Self Made Modern, and preparing an exhibition celebrating the San Diego work by architectural photographer Julius Shulman.

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