Bookstore gives unknown authors a boost
By Rachel Jones STAFF WRITER San Pedro’s Under the Bridge Bookstore and Gallery will be holding books signings the next two weekends to celebrate unknown authors. Charlotte Natale, who co-owns Under the Bridge with her mother, Rachel Leonardo, said that the events are a chance for locals to expand their literary horizons. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City“They’re not obligated to buy the book,” Natale explained. “It’s a chance to meet exciting people and hear stories. It’s a chance for people to get a taste of authors they would otherwise not even pick up.” Today, books will be signed and read by Eduardo Santiago, author of Tomorrow They Will Kiss; Rosa Lowinger, author of Tropicana Nights; and Reyna Grande, author of Across a Hundred Mountains. Santiago and Lowinger will also have a discussion about Cuba, as both were born there and discuss the country in their books. Santiago tells the story of three different women who grew up in Cuba and now ride the bus to work together in New Jersey. Lowinger looks back at the history of the Tropicana nightclub in Havana. Grande examines illegal immigration through the story of a Mexican girl searching for her missing farmer father. All three authors are self-published and presenting their first books. “It’s sort of a noble accomplishment,” Natale said. Next Saturday, Jeff Dwyer will sign and discuss Ghost Hunter’s Guide to Los Angeles, which Natale thought was a good Halloween book. It reveals where to seek out paranormal experiences from Hollywood to Long Beach. Natale believes that the signings are also a chance for writers to learn more about being published. “Before this I would have never known that people self publish,” she said. “That gives them hope.” [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!